Biosecurity Notice from the Office of the Chief Veterinarian

Monday, December 12, 2016

Due to the ongoing risks associated with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea and Seneca Virus A, the Manitoba Chief Veterinarian would like to remind animal transporters to use proper biosecurity practices when delivering animals to high traffic sites. This is a critical step in preventing disease introduction into your barn. High traffic sites such as abattoirs, auction marts and assembly yards must be treated as potential sources of disease at all times.

 Whenever possible, do not enter the barn. If you must enter the barn, it is strongly recommended to wear disposable footwear in the barn, removing it when you re-enter the trailer, and that strict biosecurity steps be followed before re-entering any part of a vehicle and again before returning to your herd. Continually entering a barn during the unloading process is a high risk activity that should be avoided whenever possible.

 Ensure you know and follow all of the biosecurity requirements at the high traffic site where you are delivering to. If you do not know, ask. (i.e. which entrance should be used and where you can unload; which exit you should use; where to back up; and where you can clean and disinfect after clean out)

 Always obey the posted signage and respect the lines of separation at the high traffic site.

 Only the person responsible for unloading the animals should get out of the vehicle. All other passengers should not get out of the vehicle. If you do not need to get out of the truck to unload, don’t!

 Step into disinfectable boots (rubber boots) or disposable boots when exiting your vehicle, and clean and disinfect boots or remove disposable boots when re-entering your vehicle. If possible, leave disposable boots on-site. Remember: your street shoes should never touch the high traffic site and dirt from the high traffic site should never touch your vehicle’s interior.

 Leave all unnecessary clothing (e.g. hats) in your vehicle, and use clean coveralls when unloading animals, and remove coveralls before re-entering vehicles.

 Since scrape-out areas at high traffic sites are high risk areas also, follow the same biosecurity practices when scraping out your trailer at a high traffic site (i.e. put disinfectable boots on when exiting your vehicle at scrape-out area; wear disposable boots when entering your trailer; remove all boots before re-entering your vehicle).

 Double-bag dirty coveralls and boots, and keep in the “dirty” area of your vehicle. Wash coveralls and clean boots after use.

 Clean and disinfect hands after unloading animals.

 Clean and disinfect truck and trailer after delivery.

 Ensure you follow your farm’s biosecurity protocols prior to re-entering the barn.

By implementing the above biosecurity practices, you will protect the health of your animals as well as the health of the Manitoba swine herd. Your co-operation is essential.

Dr. Megan Bergman
Chief Veterinary Officer

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