SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois agriculture leaders say there have been hundreds of cases of a deadly pig virus in Illinois.
Illinois Pork Producers Association says there were 360 cases of
porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, in Illinois through March. They also
say the virus has spread throughout the state and is impacting large and
But hog farmers weren't required to start reporting the illness until last week.
PED has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May. Illinois is among the hardest-hit.
disease has been blamed for recent increases in bacon and pork prices
and farmers have struggled to control the virus, because little is known
about how it spreads. Piglets are most at risk.
The virus does not affect humans.READ MORE
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