May 21, 2013 12:15 PM by Andy Koen

Veterinarians look for swine virus in Colorado

LAKEWOOD - Members of the Colorado Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office are investigating whether cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus have turned up in our state. The investigation follows the discovery of the virus last week in pigs in Iowa by the National Veterinary Service Laboratories.

While the virus causes diarrhea and vomiting in swine, the agriculture department says it does not affect people nor is it a food safety concern.

"Further testing and epidemiologic investigation will be available later in the week and may reveal a deeper understanding and background of the disease outbreak," said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.

"I encourage swine owners to contact their local veterinarian if they observe clinical signs of the virus in their herd."

There are currently no interstate trade restrictions pertaining to PED in the US.


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