Utah moves to protect against PEDv at livestock fairs

05/1/2014 | Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), The

A new order by the Utah state veterinarian will require pigs and hogs shown at fairs and livestock exhibits to be slaughtered after the events in an effort to prevent the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Up to 7 million pigs in the U.S. have died of the highly contagious virus since June 2013, although PEDv does not pose a threat to humans or other species. PEDv has appeared recently in nearby Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona, and officials hope to keep Utah free of the disease.

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