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License Granted to Vaccine for Killer Pig Virus

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted Zoeitis a conditional license for its Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) vaccine. It's the second vaccine granted a conditional license, with the first being from Harrisvaccines in Ames, Iowa.

The two-dose inactivated vaccine is licensed for use in healthy pregnant sows and gilts and is designed to help them develop antibodies that can be transmitted to their newborn piglet.

To get the conditional license, the vaccine has to be prove safe in a field safety study and display a reasonable measure of effectiveness. Zoetis is working to complete the studies necessary to get full license in the U.S., and company officials expect the vaccine to be available later this month.