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Veterinarians keep watch for deadly pig virus at the Ohio State Fair
Cases of the virus have yet to be seen in Ohio, but could devastate producers
Story by STEVE BROWN


 
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Ohio agriculture officials are keeping a close eye on hogs at the state fair for any sign of a deadly virus. The virus known as P.E.D. has been in Europe for decades but was first diagnosed in the U.S. this year.

Surrounded by fair goers, state veterinarian Tony Forshey says the virus could seriously hurt Ohio agriculture even though no cases have been found in Ohio.

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"It’s strictly a pig deal that affects piglets primarily under 3 weeks of age," Forshey says. "The mortality rate, death rate, is approaching 100 percent on those pigs, so it can be very devastating to the pork producers."

Forshey says the virus does not affect humans.

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