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State Says Pig Virus Found On 93 Farms In Michigan

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan agriculture department says a virus that kills piglets at an alarming rate has been found on 93 farms in the state.

According to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development spokeswoman Jennifer Holton, porcine epidemic diarrhea is deadly to newborn pigs but doesn't affect the safety of pork nor is it a human health concern.

Holton says that PED is a major economic concern for Michigan's swine industry. She says her department is working with farmers and veterinarians to try to reduce the spread and impact of the virus.

Scientists think porcine epidemic diarrhea came from China, but they don't know how it got into the U.S. or spread to more than half the country's states since last spring.

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