On Friday February 27, 2015, the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) infection in samples taken from two pigs at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show. PED is a recently emerged disease of swine that appeared for the first time in the United States in April 2013 and has been reported in 31 states, but this is the first confirmation of its occurrence in Georgia. The disease causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, with high mortality, especially in suckling piglets less than 14 days old. Pigs with vomiting and diarrhea should be suspected of having this disease. The diagnostic sample of choice is feces submitted for PCR testing.
For more about PED, please review the following links:
State Veterinarian’s letter