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The National Pork Board will invest an additional $350,000 toward research, education and coordination of efforts to better understand Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus - or PEDV. The funding increase is on top of the $450,000 announced last month.

NPB Vice President of Science and Technology Dr. Paul Sundberg says the number one priority is to contain spread of the virus with the goal of increasing the potential to eliminate the disease. He notes just-completed research showed that the transportation of sows and market hogs can be a major risk factor in the spread of PEDV. Sundberg says the next step is to assemble a core team of pork producers, veterinarians, packers and processors to refine a specific biosecurity approach.

These additional funds for timely research and national coordination - he says - will allow the Pork Board to help pork producers better address the virus - while preparing for other potential emerging disease scenarios.