Vilsack Pledges $26.2m To Fight Swine Virus Epidemic

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is fighting against a deadly pig disease.

During a visit to the World Pork Expo On Thursday he announced the federal government would spend $26.2-million to combat porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.

He says the government will make producers tell them when they get hit with PEDv and the government will develop a plan to respond.

The disease kills about eight million pigs a year.

PEDv does not pose a risk to humans. It only affects pigs and is not a food safety concern.