USDA orders hog farms, labs to report infections from pig virus

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Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced on Friday.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. The disease has been blamed for recent increases in bacon and pork prices.

Farmers have struggled to control the virus, because little is known about how it spreads and there is not yet a federally approved vaccine.

Organizations: USDA

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