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USDA orders hog farms, labs to report infections from virus that has killed millions of pigs

MILWAUKEE - Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday.

Ottawa, Saskatchewan, fund plan to help keep deadly pig virus out of province

REGINA - The federal and Saskatchewan governments are spending $200,000 to help keep a virus that kills baby pigs out of the province. To date there have been no cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea, known as PED, in Saskatchewan. But confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus have been found in Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. The government money is to be used to help pay for a PED strategy for Saskatchewan, including containment and a plan on what to do if it is discovered in the province.

USDA considers mandatory reports of deadly pig virus outbreaks: industry group

By Tom Polansek and Meredith Davis CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is considering rules that would require outbreaks of a deadly pig virus to be reported to the government in an effort to improve tracking of the disease, which has already spread to 30 states, an industry group said on Monday.

Foreigner dies of MERS in Saudi, 8 infected

A foreigner has died from MERS while eight people including five health workers have been infected in the Saudi city of Jeddah, where the spread of the coronavirus among medics has sparked panic. The death of the 45-year-old man, whose nationality has not been disclosed, brings the nationwide toll in the world's most-affected country to 68. The health ministry late Saturday announced the death of the man and said five health workers -- two women and three men -- and three other people had been infected by the virus in Jeddah.

Saudi MERS death toll rises to 66

Saudi health authorities have reported the deaths of another two men from the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the worst hit country to 66. A 70-year-old national, who died in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, had also been suffering from chronic illnesses, the health ministry said in a late Sunday statement. The second victim was a medic, also in Jeddah, where the ministry reported four new cases of the disease.

N. Korea reports outbreak of FMD in cows

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has reported a fresh outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle to a world animal quarantine body, two months after reporting outbreak of the infectious disease in pigs, a U.S. radio report said Saturday. The Voice of America (VOA) said that Pyongyang submitted a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), saying that the disease broke out at a cow farm in Cholwon county of Kangwon Province, near the boarder area with South Korea, on March 14.

Manitoba says it can't determine source of deadly pig virus found on farm

WINNIPEG - Investigators say the source of a deadly pig virus that turned up on a Manitoba farm remains a mystery. The province's veterinary office says it has ruled out infected feed or the movement of pigs to and from the farm. The Manitoba government says samples from 60 locations linked to the farm have not tested positive for the virus, known as porcine epidemic diarrhea. But officials say they have found a second sample of the virus at an unidentified facility that handles large numbers of pigs in the province.

S. Korea steps up border quarantine over new FMD outbreak in N. Korea

SEJONG, March 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has stepped up quarantine measures after North Korea reported another outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), concentrating its efforts on the border, the South Korean government said Wednesday. According to a report by North Korea to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), another outbreak of FMD was confirmed at a pig farm in Pyongyang on Jan. 16, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a press release.

Food inspection agency can't confirm links between pig feed and deadly hog virus

OTTAWA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it hasn't been able to confirm a link between a deadly pig virus and feed pellets containing hog blood plasma. Cases of the virus, known as porcine epidemic diarrhea, have been confirmed in Quebec, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Manitoba. Last month, the inspection agency said it was looking at the possibility that the virus may be found in U.S. origin porcine blood plasma used in feed pellets produced by Ontario-based Grand Valley Fortifiers.

N. Korea remains mum on S. Korea's aid offer over FMD

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea kept silent on South Korea's offer to provide assistance to contain foot-and-mouth disease in the North for an eight straight day Tuesday, an official said. The official of the unification ministry said it remains to be seen whether the North will respond to Seoul's offer in the coming days. In 2007, the North responded to South Korea about a week after Seoul offered to provide assistance to contain the disease, he said.
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