4H members should be aware of pig virus

A Purdue University professor of veterinary medicine says Indiana 4-H members showing swine at fairs this summer should take steps to reduce the chance of exposing their animals to a viral disease deadly to young pigs.

The illness, porcine epidemic diarrhea, is spread by pigs eating contaminated feces or bedding, or transferred by objects such as livestock trailers, equipment, feed, and clothing and boots. Health officials say it poses no health threat to the public or other animals and there is no risk to food safety.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health issued disease management recommendations for exhibitors. There have been at least nine confirmed cases of PEDV in Indiana.

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