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Porcine epidemic diarrhoea is a viral disease which affects pigs.

First published:
19 November 2018
Last updated:

There is no risk to human health.

Suspicion and confirmation

Contact your vet as soon as possible, if you suspect porcine epidemic diarrhoea.

Cinical signs

The following clinical signs may be present:

  • rapidly spreading watery diarrhoea
  • reduced appetite
  • dehydration
  • lethargy
  • vomiting

The disease has a high mortality rate. Piglets on outdoor or straw based units can be found dead before the symptoms are identified.

Transmission and prevention

Porcine epidemic diarrhoea is highly infectious. It spreads through contact with:

  • infected pigs
  • anything with their faeces on it, including bedding, vehicles, clothing or feed

You can help to prevent the disease by practicing strict biosecurity.