Area company develops PED vaccine

KIMT News 3 – An Iowa company is getting the go ahead to produce a vaccine meant to battle an infectious hog virus.

The United States Department of Agriculture is granting Harrisvaccines of Ames the ability to produce the vaccine for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus otherwise known as PED.

The swine disease that entered the US back in 2013 causes vomiting and diarrhea in older animals and 100 percent mortality in young piglets.

Those with Harrisvaccines say they’re glad to provide relief for producers who’ve had close ties to the issue.

“Half of their pigs are dying every week. It’s those individuals that we are getting on the vaccine program, and we start monitoring their weekly production.We’re seeing that their mortality rates are decreasing to 10 to 15 percent,” said Marketing Coordinator Joel Harris with Harrisvaccines.

According to the USDA, they usually only grant these types of conditional licenses to meet an emergency need.

With permission, Harrisvaccines can now sell the vaccines directly to vets and swine producers.

“We’re seeing that the mortality rate is starting to decrease to between 10 and 15 percent. So there’s about 30 or 40 farms that we continue to monitor. What we’re seeing across all of them is a decrease and a return to normalcy,” said Harris.

The license is conditional, which means the group must show a reasonable expectation of efficacy, safety and purity in their material.

This is also not the first time the group has received similar provisions for creating a vaccine.

Back in 2012, Harrisvaccines received a USDA licensure to produce SirraVax to help cure Swine Influenza.

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