In a recent visit to one of our customers here in Colorado,it was learned that a virus can be a deadly peril as well as one that will be a huge detriment to a business. When I asked the manager what was being done to combat deadly PEDv, the response was simple, "Everything we can." Recently in Veterinary Practice News it was reported:
The American Association of Swine Veterinarians reported 2,962 confirmed cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) as of early February. Canadian authorities counted a handful of cases in Ontario and Quebec.
The Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on Jan. 30 stated that it had identified a second strain of PEDv, and the swine practitioners group warned that a third strain may be emerging.
The virus is spread orally through feces and is transmitted to herds on trucks, boots, clothing and pigs, Iowa State reported. At least 1 million U.S. pigs are estimated to have died from the highly contagious disease.
PEDv is a coronavirus related to transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEv), Iowa State noted. The primary symptom in pigs of all ages is severe diarrhea, and the death rate in suckling and early weaned pigs ranges from 30 to 100 percent.
We here at EIMI are doing all we can to combat the hazards of diseases and virus in our own procedures. Each system we receive for service goes through an inspection, disinfection and cleaning before it ever reaches the technicians servicing the unit. It is then put into its own container not to be mixed with other units.
In addition we want all of our customers to know that due to the durability and ruggedness of our Ibex® systems, the unit can withstand rigorous cleaning and disinfecting after each use to help you combat issues of bio-hazards. We have tested our units with disinfectants and other cleaning agents to assure our users they can clean and sanitize their Ibex® systems. Finally, the article mentioned above refers to complete drying after washing and disinfecting your system as an "inactivation" measure of the virus.
If anyone has any questions about disinfecting or cleaning your Ibex® Portable Ultrasound System, please contact us. We would be happy to talk with you about your bio-security issues and ways to combat disease and hazards.