KSU researchers studying pig feed for PEDV

KSU researchers studying pig feed for PEDV

April 4, 2014

MANHATTAN, Kan. (RFD-TV) The number of pigs and hogs in the United States is the lowest it’s been in seven years, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

One of the main reasons for the decrease is a virus that’s been killing almost 100 percent of the baby pigs it infects.

It’s called porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, and it entered the country for the first time ever last May and has now spread to Canada.

A Kansas State University swine specialist says the pigs’ feed may be contributing to the spread of the disease.

There’s evidence that an ingredient in the feed may carry the virus; however, there is no evidence that the feed itself is actually infecting pigs.

Researchers at the Kansas State Diagnostic Laboratory are trying to stop the spread of PEDV, but the new virus poses many challenges.

"It’s a really, really difficult thing because from a diagnostic standpoint, the procedures and protocols and things to detect this virus are very new,” said Dr. Steve Dritz, swine specialist at Kansas State University.

Researchers do know that the main way the virus is spread is through the pig’s fecal matter.

The amount of virus spread through the pig’s food has yet to be determined.

This report is from our partners at Kansas State University.
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