DES MOINES – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released guidelines for its mandatory disease reporting requirements. USDA issued a Federal Order June 5 requiring pork producers to report new cases of both porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV).

There are two basic requirements of the Federal Order: Producers, veterinarians and diagnostic laboratories must report all new cases of PEDv and PDCoV to USDA or state animal health officials. Second, operators reporting the diseases must work with a veterinarian to develop and implement a management plan to address the virus and prevent its spread.

USDA said data reported to the agency would be kept secure and confidential, and that USDA would "seek to protect producer information to the fullest extent of the law".

The agency added that regulatory action may be taken if producers, veterinarians and laboratories fail to comply with the Federal Order. Actions could include official warnings, sanctions, penalties, fines or specific requirements to move pigs off affected farms. None of the livestock disaster programs can assist producers.