TGE Virus Detected on Ontario Pig Farm

By Amanda Brodhagen, published on, July 2nd, 2013,

Swift thinking of one Ontario pig farmer has resulted in early detection of Transmissible Gastroenteritis (TGE) virus.

In mid-June, a producer noticed vomiting and diarrhea in its nursing pigs. The farmer contacted the herd veterinarian, who took samples and sent them to the University of Guelph’s Animal Health Laboratory where TEG was diagnosed.

“TGE is a viral disease that has been present in the province for many years and causes vomiting, diarrhea, and high death loss in pigs,” read a notice to producers released by Ontario’s pork industry.

Signs of TGE are said to be identical to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a new disease which has spread to about 200 hog farms – spanning 13 states in the United States. Since the PED outbreak in the U.S., there have been no cases diagnosed in Canada.

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