Skip to main content

The first case of a deadly pig virus that has killed millions of baby pigs in the U.S. has been confirmed in Canada.

MOE DOIRON/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

A virus that has killed millions of piglets in the U.S. may have been found in a third province.

The Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says a suspected case of the virus (porcine epidemic diarrhea) was detected by a veterinary lab in Prince Edward Island this week.

The agency says the test has been sent to the National Centre of Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg for confirmation.

Story continues below advertisement

It adds that investigations have already begun in P.E.I. to find out how the virus arrived on the farm.

There have been 13 confirmed cases in Ontario and one in Manitoba.

The disease poses no risk to human health or safety.

In Ontario and Manitoba systems have been created to isolate the infected pigs at abattoirs and officials expect the same would happen in P.E.I.

Report an error
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this resolved by the end of January 2018. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.