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Pig virus spreads to some Minnesota farms

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A deadly virus affecting newborn pigs has made its way into Minnesota.

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or PED, is deadly to almost 100 percent of infected piglets. It has been a problem in Europe and China but has now been detected in 15 states in the U.S. In June, PED was confirmed in some Minnesota farms.

University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Montserrat Torremorell says it's not clear how the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was introduced to the U.S. She says more than 60 cases have been confirmed in Minnesota, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois combined.

While it can be fatal to newborn piglets, she says older pigs generally recover after a few days.

Experts say the disease poses no risks to the health of humans or other animals and no risks to food safety. They do say, though, it could potentially affect the already rising prices of pork products in the future.

As far as researchers know, the virus is transmitted only via contaminated feces, so producers have been stepping up their biosecurity with better sanitation to prevent any spread between farms.

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