Zoetis this week announced a research partnership with Iowa State University to identify and test a vaccine candidate to help control porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in the United States.
New cases of PEDv continue to mount. Since the beginning of December, more than 100 new cases have been reported each week, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
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PEDv now has spread to swine farms in 23 states since April 2013, with documented farm cases in the thousands. Losses from PEDv have been measured on some farms at 100% mortality for infected piglets up to 3 weeks old.
"We know how devastating this virus has been to the swine industry," said Jianqiang Zhang, MD, PhD, assistant professor, ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. "We are eager to work with Zoetis and advance the research we've begun to find a solution."
The development of a vaccine candidate is one element of Zoetis' ongoing efforts to support swine veterinarians and pork producers control PEDv. In 2013, Zoetis began a collaboration with the University of Minnesota to develop a diagnostic test for the disease.