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USDA Requires Reporting of Swine Virus

U.S. pork producers will now be required to report instances of a deadly swine virus that has spread rapidly and widely among domestic pig supplies, according to new regulations announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first diagnosed in the U.S. about a year ago and has since killed millions of baby pigs. The outbreak has significantly cut into hog supplies and pushed pork prices to record highs.The USDA said in a statement that it's requiring reporting due to "the devastating effect on swine health" since the virus was first confirmed in the U.S. last year. The virus causes severe diarrhea and vomiting.Until Friday, PEDv  was not a reportable disease under international standards because the virus only affects pigs and does not pose a risk to people and is not a food safety concern.The USDA also said Friday it will require the tracking and reporting of swine delta coronavirus, another disease that has been confirmed in at least...

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