Swine Disease Hits United States

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KIMT NEWS 3 — A new swine disease is catching the attention of hog farmers all over the United States.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea or PED has made its way to the United States.

The first case was reported on May 16th.

The disease causes outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting in swine, which leads to death and loss of production.

Veterinarians say it’s important for farmers to follow good biosecurity practices to prevent the spread of the disease.

“This is a virus that comes in on people, it comes in on rendering trucks,” Dr. Tom Lang of the Waseca-Clarks Grove Vet Clinic said. “It comes in by way of other vehicles coming to your farm.”

Doctor Lang says the disease doesn’t impact humans and shouldn’t prevent you from eating pork.

For hog producers, he says if you notice vomiting and diarrhea from your pigs, you need to contact your local veterinarian.

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