Sunday, April 20, 2014
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Hog farms in Ohio are reporting cases of a relatively new disease that kills newborn pigs.
The state's agriculture department says it has recorded a couple hundred confirmed cases of the virus across Ohio.
The disease first found a year ago causes baby pigs to become dehydrated and die.
Severe strains of the virus can wipe out a farm's entire supply of baby pigs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said the die-off has had a hand in shrinking the nation's pig herd by 3 percent to about 63 million pigs.
A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture tells The Blade (http://bit.ly/1gDM7NT ) newspaper in Toledo that there is no cure for the disease right now.
Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/