Virus found in Iowa hog population, possibly beyond

Virus found in Iowa hog population, possibly beyond

By Ros Krasny

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A potentially fatal hog virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea, has been found in the United States for the first time, government and private industry officials said on Friday, posing a new threat for the country’s struggling pork producers.

PEDV, an incurable condition that causes diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration in hogs, has been identified in Iowa, the largest producing state, and possibly beyond. The severity of the outbreak is not yet known.

The virus exists in much of the world but has not previously occurred in the western hemisphere. Continue…