Impact of Piglet Virus on U.S. Pork Industry

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), now present across in 200 facilities across 14 states has raised concern over impact on US pork prices. The virus affects piglets, with fatality rates occasionally approaching 100%.

Excerpt: “Nick Striegel, assistant state veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said Wednesday the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, was thought to exist only in Europe and China, but Colorado and 14 other states began reporting the virus in April, and officials confirmed its presence in May. The virus causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration in pigs. It can be fatal.’It has been devastating for those producers where it has been diagnosed. It affects nursing pigs, and in some places, there has been 100 percent mortality,’ he said.”

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(image courtesy of Stephen & Claire Farnsworth)

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