Deadly "Pig Virus" Has Arkansas Hog Farmers Worried

Published 06/21 2014 09:18PM

Updated 06/21 2014 09:25PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansas hog farmers are concerned about a virus that's posing a threat to pigs.

The US Department of Agriculture says the first case of "Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea" virus or PEDV has been discovered in Arkansas.

Although the virus is not a threat to humans, it is devastating to newborn pigs.

Dr. Trevor Martin of Marcus Remsen Veterinarian Clinic says the virus does not usually thrive during the summer months.

"Hot and dry the virus does not like to be in that environment. It likes the cool, wet temperatures like we get in the fall and winter," said Dr. Martin.

Around 7 million pigs in 27 states have died in the past year.

The strain affecting U.S. swine is believed to have originated in China.

Consumers are already paying higher prices for pork and bacon and many economists say prices may continue to climb over the next few months.

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