"Epidemic Virus" Hits Hog Farms

"Epidemic Virus" Hits Hog Farms

Experts warn that virus currently taking a heavy toll on swine herds will soon push pork prices to record levels.
(KDLT)  A virus sweeping across the country is causing hog farmers to lose thousands of pigs, and could soon lead to higher pork prices at the grocery store.

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PED) first appeared in the United States in April of 2013. Less than a year later, 27 states have seen cases including South Dakota.

While humans are immune to the virus, and there's no effect on food safety, the virus could become an issue for grocery shoppers.

"You're probably going to have to pay a little more for pork chops in the future," says hog farmer Steve Schmeichel.

Schmeichel says pork prices could reach record levels.

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