Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 491–494 | Cite as

Porcine epidemic diarrhea: an emerging disease in Tibetan pigs in Tibet, China

  • Xing Gao
  • Lihong Zhang
  • Xiong Jiang
  • Khalid Mehmood
  • Lei Wang
  • Xiaole Tong
  • Meng Wang
  • Hui Zhang
  • Jiakui LiEmail author
Short Communications


Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a devastating cause of diarrhea in pigs worldwide, and has caused enormous economic losses in the pork industry. To date, however, it is still unclear whether Tibetan pigs from the Tibetan Plateau of China are exposed to PED. This study was to investigate the seroprevalence of PED in Tibetan pigs in Tibet, China. A total of 364 serum samples were collected from Tibetan pigs in Nyingchi in 2014 and 2015. Each sample was assayed for PED antibodies by commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits. Our results showed that the seroprevalence of PED in Tibetan pigs was 39.56% with the further distribution of 26.37% and 52.75% in Nyingchi and Mainling (odds ratio was more commonly affected in Mainling than Nyingchi), respectively. Moreover, the seroprevalence of PED was 65.28%, 35.83%, and 28.57% in juveniles, sub adults, and adults, respectively. The prevalence was found as 40.63% in males and 38.37% in females. The present survey indicated that the infection of PED in Tibetan pigs was widely spread in Tibet, which should arouse public concern of the threat to the health of Tibetan pigs and the development of breeding industry in this unique region of the world.


Porcine epidemic diarrhea Tibetan pigs Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay Seroprevalence 


Funding information

This study was supported by Key Science Fund of Science and Technology Agency of Tibet Autonomous Region and “Twelfth Five-year” National Science and Technology Support Project (2012BAD3B03).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Veterinary MedicineHuazhong Agricultural UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Hubei Three Gorges PolytechnicYichangPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.University College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, The Islamia University of BahawalpurBahawalpurPakistan
  4. 4.Laboratory of Detection and Monitoring of Highland Animal DiseaseTibet Agriculture and Animal Husbandry CollegeLinzhiPeople’s Republic of China

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