Senecavirus A has now been confirmed in the province of Ontario. Clinical signs of this disease are similar to a foreign animal disease and as such the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is testing all swine at federal processing plants that are symptomatic .
Processing plants can be shut down up to 72 hours while testing is being conducted. Plant closure will immediately stop the flow of hogs and shipping of pork products from that facility . If a plant is shut down, its customers and suppliers will be notified of pending production and product delays/cancellations.
Producers should take the following biosecurity measures:
- Know the symptoms of Senecavirus A
- Blisters (vesicles) or ulcers of the snout, mouth, and/or just above the hoof
- Lameness, fevers, lack of energy and/or appetite o Lesions
- 4-10 day increase in piglet mortality with/without diarrhea
- Ensure your transporters exercise biosecurit y and know the symptoms of Senecavirus A
- Ask your plant , marketer and/or assembly yard about their processes to address this disease
If you have any of the symptoms above:
- Stop any movement on and off farm.
- Call your herd veterinarian and CFIA office.
- Do not leave the premises while awaiting CFIA and veterinary help.
- Notify your transporter, plant and/or assembly yard, i f loads left your farm in the previous 12 -24 hours of you noticing symptoms.
Monday October 3, 2016/ Ontario Pork/ Canada.