Mason County 4-H/FFA Hog Exhibiters
By now some of you may have heard about the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus better known as PEDv that has been spreading among the pork industry within the United States. PEDv is caused by the Coronavirus that is related to transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus. It only infects pigs (Not humans or other livestock). The virus is new to the US and was confirmed in May of 2013. PEDv causes severe diarrhea in pigs of all ages, vomiting and high mortality rate (almost 100% in pre-weaned pigs). The virus is transmitted via oral contact with contaminated feces and the most common sources of infected feces are pigs, trucks, boots, clothing or other fomites. PEDv does not affect pork safety. Pork remains completely safe to eat. At this time West Virginia has not had any confirmed cases of PEDv, however at least 26 other states in the US have confirmed cases including most of the bordering states of West Virginia. Over a million pigs have died within the US since this virus was first confirmed in May of 2013.
Below is an official statement from the West Virginia State Veterinarian, Dr. Jewell Plumley in regards to bringing swine into the State of West Virginia:
Effective immediately, all swine entering WV need to have the following statement on the ICVI or Health Certificate:
“To the best of my knowledge, swine represented on this certificate have not originated from a premises known to be affected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), and have not been exposed to PEDv within the last 30 days”.
The statement is to be on the Health Certificate and signed by the owner as well as the veterinarian. Swine imports should be isolated for 30 days.
If a pig came from out of state into West Virginia it must be accompanied by a CVI which has the above statement. You should have the CVI in your possession at tagging and the start of the fair.