With pig virus looming, are US farms and food supply safe?

8By P.J. Huffstutter of Reuters

MSN News — The sudden and widespread appearance of a swine virus deadly to young pigs – one never before seen in North America – is raising questions about the bio-security shield designed to protect the U.S. food supply.

The swine-only virus, the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), poses no danger to humans or other animals, and the meat from infected pigs is safe for people to eat.

Though previously seen in parts of Asia and Europe, the virus now has spread into five leading hog-raising U.S. states. How it arrived in the United States remains a mystery.

While the U.S. imports millions of pigs each year from Canada, it imports pigs from virtually no other country, and no Canadian cases of PEDV have been confirmed. Veterinarians and epidemiologists say pigs are infected through oral means, and that the virus is not airborne and does it not occur spontaneously in nature.

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Source and Photo: MSN News, 29th May, 2013
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2 responses to “With pig virus looming, are US farms and food supply safe?

  1. The H1N2 viruses have also been isolated subsequently from wild waterfowl and domestic turkeys. The isolation of these viruses from wild ducks was somewhat unexpected, but interspecies transmission of influenza viruses from pigs to domestic turkeys has been recognized previously on numerous occasions. In fact, turkey producers sometimes vaccinate their birds against swine virus infections. In contrast, transmission of influenza viruses between pigs and domestic chickens and other fowl, and vice versa, is very rarely reported.

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