U.S. deadly pig virus cases on the rise

Fri Mar 7, 2014 5:03pm EST

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(Reuters) - Cases of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, a highly contagious pig disease, are increasing across the U.S. farm belt, a group of animal health researchers said.

Confirmed cases of PEDv increased by 252 in the week ending March 1, bringing the total number to 4,106 in 26 states, according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

While one case can represent an individual animal or an entire herd at a single site, swine specialists estimate PEDv has killed at least 4 million U.S. hogs since it was discovered in May 2013.

Pork processors were finding it more difficult to purchase hogs for slaughter due to the virus, which is starting to affect the pork supply and could eventually boost pork prices for consumers, industry sources said.

The Canadian Swine Health Board has confirmed that four provinces also have cases of the virus. The provinces are Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

PEDv causes diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration in pigs. While older pigs have a chance of survival, 80 to 100 percent of piglets that contract it die.

The virus does not affect humans and is not a food safety risk.

(Reporting by Meredith Davis in Chicago; editing by Matthew Lewis)

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BethAaron wrote:
HORRIFYING!!!!! It does confirm that what Dr. Michael Greger presents in a YouTube video on the root causes of pandemics, influenza, and other threats to public health, animal agriculture and our relationship with nature. Besides turning human organs into grease traps, the habituated, commercialized, manipulated consumption of pigs, highly intelligent, sentient mammals, further threatens human public health with this diabolic epidemic. I read that the pig industry solution to this viral epidemic that has killed 25 MILLION piglets, is to puree their dead bodies and feed them back to mother sows!!!! HORRIFYING. HSUS web site has a video from a producer called, “Iron Maiden” ( scary as mother pigs ARE confined for life, in 2×7 “gestation crates, so small these mammals who’d travel up to 30 miles per day in the wild, where we abducted them , can’t even turn around or stand comfortably)that ground up piglets and used them for feed. The “Swine Veterinary Association deems it safe, like ex USDA Sec Anne Veneman deemed meat safe from sick and downed cows….
I became an ethical vegan in 2001, after the curtain protecting animal agriculture was lifted from my acculturated eyes and heart after reading the book, “Slaughterhouse,” the truth inside the USDA and what really goes on behind animal concentration camp walls… Considering we have NO requirement for protein from animals who got theirs from plants, greens, grains, it is shocking that our society inflicts such egregious suffering upon animals, for food that threatens all life on earth. Vegan brakes the ancient cycle of violence and dominance that began with human domestication of animals. 10,000 years is enough…. The pigs are betrayed, as are children who are fed this repugnant product that poses so many health risks…

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Godscre wrote:
Many deaths are attributed to Alzheimer’s, when it could have been ‘Mad Cow Disease’ or other diseases from the animal industry.

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