Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) Now Available for Testing

Posted on: April 17, 2014

ATS Labs is pleased to announce that we have acquired porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and are ready to offer efficacy testing of antimicrobial products against the virus. PEDV is a highly contagious virus from the Cornonaviridae family that, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), was first isolated in the United Kingdom in 1971 and has now spread across Europe and Asia. The virus was isolated in the United States for the first time in May of 2013; unfortunately the virus has spread nationwide.

As the name implies, the virus causes severe diarrhea with an extremely high mortality rate (estimated at 80-100%) to suckling pigs however pigs of all ages can succumb to the effects of the virus. The virus is spread through the feces of infected animals; currently there is no vaccine against PEDV available in the United States. To help combat the spread of PEDV it is important to use an EPA registered disinfectant known to be effective against the virus.

To register your hard surface disinfectant against this virus with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Health Canada, testing must be conducted against two independent batches (lots) of product using one test carrier per batch. The performance criterion for both regulatory agencies is complete inactivation of the virus following the claimed exposure time on the product label.