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11:33 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Deadly piglet virus hits farms statewide, nationally

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus causes diarrhea in suckling piglets.
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Pig farmers in Michigan and around the nation are losing piglets to a virus that is easily spread and almost always lethal to very young animals. So far, it’s killed over six million piglets.

Dr. Madonna Benjamin is an assistant professor at MSU and the Extension Swine Veterinarian. She spoke with Current State’s Melissa Benmark about the disease and its impact.

Dr. Benjamin says the virus attacks the lining of the small intestine and adversely affects the absorption of food or sow's milk.

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