Nearly 200 cases of deadly pig virus in Iowa
AMES (MCT) — A virus that can cause high death rates in young pigs has spread to include nearly 200 confirmed cases in Iowa since it was first detected in the United States earlier this year.
The latest numbers show more than 680 cases of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or PEDV, have been reported in 17 states over the past six months. Iowa, the nation’s leading pork-producing state, has reported the most so far at 191, while Oklahoma is close behind with 161 confirmed cases of the virus.
The summary was provided by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and based on reports compiled by the veterinary diagnostic lab at the University of Minnesota, which is working with Iowa State University, Kansas State University and South Dakota State University to collect the data.
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