Farmers Are Freaking Out Over A Mysterious Virus That Wiped Out 10% Of The Pig Population

June 3, 2014 11:11 AM

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Farmers Are Freaking Out Over A Mysterious Virus That Wiped Out 10% Of The Pig Population

It took nearly 30 days – and hundreds more pigs dying in five other states - for Minton to learn the farm was ground zero for a virulent, fast-spreading virus that had never been seen before in the United States.

A year later, the disease, called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), has wiped out an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. pig population, helped push pork prices to record highs, and raised questions about U.S. oversight of the livestock industry and measures designed to protect the nation's food ...

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