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DENVER (AP) – Pork prices may be on the rise in the next few months because of a new Epidemic that has migrated to the U.S, killing piglets in 15 states at an alarming rate in facilities where it has been reported.
Dr. Nick Striegel (STREE’-gel), assistant state veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said Wednesday the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Epidemic, also known as PED, was thought to exist only in Europe and China, but Colorado and 14 other states began reporting the Epidemic in April, and officials confirmed its presence in May. The Epidemic causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration in pigs, and can be fatal.
“It has been devastating for those producers where it has been diagnosed. It affects nursing pigs, and in some places, there has been 100 percent mortality,” he said.
Striegel said the disease is not harmful to humans, and there is no evidence it affects pork products.
He said outbreaks are not required to be reported to federal officials, so the extent of the spread is difficult to determine, but in Colorado at least two large production facilities have seen outbreaks.
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