Pig Virus Discovered in Iowa Animals

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One case of a virus that sickens pigs has been found in Iowa and while the illness can spread through a herd it is not typically fatal.


The illness, porcine epidemic diarrhea, is not a threat to food safety and it doesn’t spread to other animals or people.

The virus was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in an Iowa pig on May 16th.

Iowa Department of Agriculture spokesman Dustin Vande Hoef says tests are being done on two other animals at a different location to see if it’s the same infection.

The virus causes diarrhea and vomiting in the animals but they typically recover.

The illness, which exists in many parts of the world, does not carry interstate trade restrictions.