Preventing the introduction and spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea is highly infectious and is spread through contact with infected pigs or material. Widespread transmission can be prevented through the control of pig movements and high standards of biosecurity, particularly thorough cleansing and disinfection of premises, vehicles, people’s clothing and equipment. Vaccines have been shown to reduce the severity of an outbreak but currently do not limit spread or prevent infection.
Pigs on affected farms become immune over time and eventually the farm will be free from the disease. The key to success is preventing the disease entering the unit in the first place, but if it does, early detection and isolating the infection are paramount.
Practical advice on biosecurity for pig keepers is available in this leaflet.
If you suspect PED then you must contact the Scottish Pig Disease Control Centre by telephoning 01466 705247 without delay.