Pig Virus Resurfaces in United States

Alerts have been issued over a new outbreak of the PEDv disease which a year after its first identification in the country has raised prices of pork to historic levels.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The appearance of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Disease (PEDv,) on a farm in Indiana, United States, has started to generate concern in the industry about the possibility of a new massive infection and pork meat production being affected. A year ago, this same virus caused the reduction of 10% of the pig population in the United States and a rise in prices to record levels.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture is fighting repeated outbreaks trying to extend immunity in females with effective vaccines, told Reuters.com Chief Veterinary John Clifford at the General Assembly of the World Organization for Animal Health."It happened and it can happen again," he said in relation to the resurgence of the PEDv virus".

"Pork futures prices reached a record high last month and were up 25% to $113.75 100 pounds (45 kilos) since the first outbreak was confirmed last year. Consumer prices have also reached record highs, and a wave of re infection could even cause more losses to the pig industry in the United States. "

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