Losses From Swine Disease Mount

Spencer, IA (Jun 24, 2014) – The PED virus has now spread to 30 states and killed an estimated 8 million pigs, or approximately 10 percent of the U.S. pig population, since it was first reported last year.

New findings of the virus have declined heading into summer, but Dr. Paul Sundberg, with the National Pork Board, says veterinarians expected the disease to decline with warm weather but then come back during the winter. Sundberg says the pork industry must work to keep the peaks down to a lower level than last fall and winter.

Still, the PED virus isn’t the only threat on the horizon, as the porcine deltacoronavirus has made its way into the United States, along with a second strain of the PED virus. Sundberg says laboratory work and more diagnostic activity are needed to better understand if and how the viruses are changing, or if new viruses are being developed.

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