March 21, 2019
Please be aware there has been a diagnosis of PED virus at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Several pigs have become ill and we assume most pigs that were at the show or are there now have been exposed.
The disease causes a transient illness in feeder pigs and mature swine. In baby pigs it can cause up to 100% mortality. It is very contagious and can be transmitted easily on fomites.
PEDv is NOT a human health risk and pork is safe to eat.
All attendees at the 2019 Night of Stars and the gilt and/or barrow
shows specifically, and the Oklahoma Youth Expo in general, are
urged to use the strictest biosecurity possible upon your return to
Here are some tips for your biosecurity protocols:
- If you are taking animals from OYE home to your farm, isolate those animals until you can confirm they have not been exposed or are contagious. This is a highly infectious disease where a very small amount of virus can
cause an infection in pigs.
- Do NOT wear the same clothes, shoes, caps, jackets, etc. you wore at OYE once your arrive home. Clean and disinfect your shoes, clothes, and outerwear as soon as possible.
- Clean and disinfect your trailer and any tack or equipment you had at OYE. It is best if you clean and disinfect at a location NOT on your farm.
- Dispose of any unused feed that was in the barns at OYE. It is possible for virus particles to survive on feedstuffs for some time.
- Monitor all your animals daily for illness. If you see any signs of illness alert your veterinarian immediately.
- If your pigs do get ill, it is very important to manage your biosecurity off the farm as well. If you have sick pigs at home, do not go visit other farms. Shower and put on clean clothes and shoes before leaving your farm.
If you have specific questions, please email Roy Lee Lindsey, Oklahoma Pork Council at