Pork prices could rise in the next few months because of a virus that has migrated to the U.S., killing piglets in Ohio and 14 other states at an alarming rate in facilities where it has been reported.
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus was thought to exist only in Europe and China. Ohio and the 14 other states began reporting the virus in April, and officials have confirmed its presence in 200 hog facilities around the nation. Agriculture officials say it's unclear how many pigs have died from the virus that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration, but it has been devastating for pork producers where it has been diagnosed. Officials say the disease is not harmful to humans and there is no evidence that it affects pork products.