Lethal Swine Virus Found In Nearby States
Posted: 11 June, 2013
LINCOLN - A deadly virus that can kill 90% of all baby piglets has been confirmed in swine herds in eight states, including two that border Nebraska.
Dr. Howard Hill, a veterinarian and president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council says that diagnostic labs at Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota have confirmed 103 cases of the virus, known as PEDV. Hill says the virus is not transmitted to humans and is not considered a threat to food safety. Tests have confirmed the virus is present in swine herds in Iowa and Colorado, as well as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and Oklahoma. There is no vaccine for the virus, although Hill says a lab plans to start testing a vaccine late this summer.