Exclusive: Deadly pig virus re-infects U.S. farm, fuels supply fears

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DwDunphy wrote:

Perhaps it has to do with the conditions these pigs are in. Even if they are sanitary, the animals are packed in very close most of the time. That would possibly mean that one of the pigs is a carrier but not exhibiting the effects of the disease. It remains with that pig and will continue to spread the contagion. In a normal farm setting, the pigs would be able to roam and move about much more, and the instances of transmissibility would be far fewer. That is not how many pig farms operate. So you have your entire herd in very close quarters with the porcine version of Typhoid Mary among them, and yet everyone wonders why the disease has cycled back around?

May 28, 2014 9:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PopUp wrote:

The entire US meat system is filthy. Didn’t the Chinese buy up much of our pig farms. Corporate system of confining pigs in little cages has stressed out animals to the point that their immune system are weak. To raise healthy animals they need fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of ground to root around in all day. They need a good mud hole too just to protect the pigs. Home raised hogs remain healthy. Buy locally raised pigs from the outdoors.

May 28, 2014 10:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:

I was wondering how long before pork producers/suppliers were going to find a reason to jack the pork prices. With the beef “crisis” upon us and so many looking to pork as a substitute, is there any surprise that now there is a reason to raise pork prices? Before summer is over, there will be a poultry disaster to raise poultry prices I am sure.

May 28, 2014 10:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reality2Day wrote:

Another Chinese export the U.S. didn’t need or want but more costly.

May 28, 2014 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YoungTurkArmy wrote:

And there goes the cost of my turkey bacon…

May 28, 2014 2:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DeSwiss wrote:

You are what you eat. Nice photo.

May 28, 2014 12:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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