The Manitoba Pork Council (MPC) has reported 37 confirmed cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in Canada in a report published Wednesday.

The following are confirmed PED virus outbreaks:

  • Manitoba: one confirmed case
  • Quebec: one confirmed case
  • Prince Edward Island: one confirmed case
  • Ontario: 34 confirmed cases

The three latest outbreaks, identified in Ontario in Huron, Perth and an unidentified county, were announced on March 17. Sampling has been ongoing at assembly yards, trucking yards and processing plants since January 25, reports the MPC. Some positive samples have been found; many negative samples have been found.

On Feb. 3, the Manitoba government and the MPC launched a rapid-detection monitoring program for the PED virus where facilities that move or handle large numbers of pigs can determine if they have been exposed.

Canada's first positive PED virus case was confirmed in Manitoba on January 22, 2014. The PED virus was diagnosed in the US in May 2013, and has since spread to 23 states. The virus has killed between 1 million and 4 million pigs in the U.S. since April 2013. The PED virus is already established in Europe and more recently in Asia.