The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine has developed a swine herd surveillance test that can test the immunity of pigs to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.
Michael Murtaugh runs the lab that developed the test. He says pigs can get these diseases for several reasons, so this test finds the agent responsible. It can track if sow immunity is passed on to piglets and it can identify pigs that have been exposed to PEDV, even if they do not show symptoms.
Dr. Lisa Becton with the National Pork Board says the availability of the test is a good step forward to figuring out the disease.
Producers interested in testing their pigs for PEDV can visit the University of Minnesota lab's website: www.vdl.umn.edu.
This is the first announced PEDV swine herd surveillance test in the U.S.