Quebec’s agriculture ministry has confirmed the province’s first case of a deadly and highly contagious pig virus that has already killed millions of piglets in the U.S.
It was detected on a farm in the Montérégie region, south of Montreal. The farm is now under quarantine, and measures are being put in place to ensure the virus doesn't spread.
The virus, known as porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, is not dangerous to humans.
Dr. François Cardinal, the head vet for the province's porcine health team, says farms in the immediate area of the one affected are taking steps to implement disinfection measures.
"All the producers within a five-kilometre radius of the farm in question have been advised," Dr. Cardinal says, "We have hope that we're able to contain the spread of the virus."