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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Poses Public Health Threat

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Published on Feb 27, 2014

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Industrial hog facilities across North Carolina have been struck by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a fast-spreading virus that kills piglets.

PED is believed to have originated in China and appeared in the United States last spring. Since then, the epidemic has spread to over two-dozen states.

In North Carolina, home to around 10 million hogs and the highest concentration of hog feeding operations in the country, nearly 100 cases per week have been reported --- however, that number is most likely fairly low since farmer's aren't currently required to report new cases of PED.

While PED cannot be transmitted directly to humans, the massive numbers of pigs that have died from this virus pose a significant threat to public health if not disposed of in a manner that is safe to the public. There is currently little or no local or state government oversight of carcass disposal.

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