New-To-U.S. Pig Virus Found In Indiana, Humans Not Affected

A pig virus previously found only in Asia and Europe has moved to the United States, killing pigs in 15 states, including Indiana.

A pig virus from Europe and Asia is now affecting U.S. farms. At least 11 Indiana farms have identified cases of the disease, which can kill pigs but doesn't affect humans.

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A pig virus from Europe and Asia is now affecting U.S. farms. At least 11 Indiana farms have identified cases of the disease, which can kill pigs but doesn't affect humans.

The price of pork is on the rise because of a pig virus that does not affect humans.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea has been found in 15 states, including Indiana.

Denise Derrer with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health says food scientists previously thought the virus was contained to Asia and Europe and are trying to figure out how it got to the United States.

“Kind of take a case history on the farms where this virus has been found, trying to identify what kind of common factor there is to try to find out how it got here,” says Derrer.

Derrer says farmers do not have to report the virus because it does not affect humans. But it’s often fatal to piglets and can cause mass death at farms.

PED has been found on 11 Indiana farms and 200 across the country. Two large pork production facilities in Colorado have been shut down due to widespread contamination.

Derrer says it is still safe to buy pork at the grocery store.

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