After a $350,000 injection of funds into porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or PEDV, the National Pork Board has put four fifths of a million dollars at containment and elimination of the disease.
PEDV stops young pigs from absorbing any nutrients, thereby killing them: cutting down on herd sizes and costing pork producers. But should you be worried about the pork in your freezer?
National Pork Board doctor, Lisa Becton, says definitely not. The disease affects pigs only, so there is no human health component to that, even for animals that are sick initially, they will recover fully from the disease and pose absolutely no threat to human health.
PEDV main threat to the industry is in the costs it incurs to producers.