Jun 17, 2014
Over the past year, nearly 10 percent of the entire pig population in the US has been wiped out by a highly lethal virus. No interstate or trade restrictions in place within the US pertaining to PEDv. It’s also not considered a food safety concern, as it is not transmissible to humans. The virus, called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), has been traced back to pig’s blood used in piglet feed to promote growth and enhance immune function.
PED virus has traditionally been a relatively mild pathogen. Only recently did it suddenly evolve into a far more aggressive version with a mortality rate of nearly 100 percent among affected animals.