Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)
The State of Arkansas has been able to keep our swine herds free of the emerging swine disease caused by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). But because this time of the year show swine are purchased and imported into Arkansas from other states, AR Livestock and Poultry and Swine Industry representatives are concerned. Other states’ swine herds have seen significant death loss in piglets because of this disease. The commercial swine herds in Arkansas are already practicing biosecurity to keep out PEDv, but now everyone from Arkansas that goes to other states to purchase show swine have the potential to bring PEDv into Arkansas. Everyone that imports swine into Arkansas should be aware that the Arkansas State Veterinarian (Pat Badley, DVM) has enacted new regulations to prevent the incursion of PEDv.
Arkansas show swine exhibitors should be aware that it is their responsibility to obtain a valid Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) and a permit to import swine into Arkansas. No one wants to be the person responsible for bringing this disease into Arkansas and cause the State of Arkansas great financial harm.