It’s been a year since PEDv was first identified in the U.S. – and as of April 26th – the National Animal Health Laboratory Network has reported 204 out of 779 PEDv tests conducted at nine veterinary diagnostic labs came back positive – according to Meatingplace. The latest tests bring the confirmed PEDv count in the U.S. to 6,226 since last May. Twenty-nine states have at least one confirmed PEDv case – but the American Association of Swine Veterinarians says there have been cases diagnosed in Virginia – which would bring the state count to 30. Paragon Economics President Steve Meyer estimates as many as 7-million pigs have died from PEDv – but no firm numbers have been confirmed. This is why retail pork and hog prices have reached new record highs – and could potentially increase more.
Meyer says USDA’s move to require reporting of PEDv cases is a positive one he wishes they would have taken last summer when it became obvious the disease was rapidly spreading.