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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pig Virus Prevention Measures Encouraged By Gov't

The government of New Brunswick working with NB Pork to minimize the impact of a disease that could potentially devastate the province's multimillion-dollar pork industry.

While the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is highly contagious among piglets, it doesn't pose a risk to human health or safety. 

Provincial Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries Minister Michael Oslcamp says while it hasn't been detected in the province yet, the department has been working with pork producers since last fall to raise their awareness and boost their bio-security practices to prevent the spread of disease.

The first confirmed case of the disease in the Maritimes was in Prince Edward Island.