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article imageConcern in France over pig virus

By Tim Sandle     May 4, 2014 in Health
The French government is to announce that it will suspend pig-related imports from a number of countries as worries grow over the spread of a deadly swine virus.
As reported by Digital Journal, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has killed some 7 million piglets in the U.S. in the past year. PEDv is spread in fecal matter and attacks the guts of pigs, preventing them from absorbing liquids and nutrients.
The disease is believed to have its origins in China, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Experts in the field believe that lax biosecurity is an important factor. In June last year, a U.S. study found that 17 percent of trucks going into a slaughterhouse were positive for the infection.
Although the virus has not been shown to be harmful to humans or food, the concern in France is with the potential economic impact and is set to suspend imports of live pigs and sperm. In the U.S., PEDV has already had a substantial economic burden.
Diagnosis is based on the history, clinical signs and examination of feces samples for evidence of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus by ELISA tests or electron microscopy.
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