The National Pork Board will invest an additional $ 350 thousand dollars toward research, education and coordination efforts to better understand Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, or PEDV. Pork Board President Karen Richter, a Minnesota producer says with the additional funding they now have $ 800,000 committed to fighting what can be a devastating disease.
Richter says biosecurity is critical in containing spread of the virus with the goal of increasing the potential to eliminate the disease. She says transportation of sows and market hogs can be a major risk factor in the spread of PEDV.
Richter says PEDV is not a human health issue and that the Pork Board’s investment will increase the chance for controlling, containing and hopefully stopping the disease from spreading.