WAKARUSA These days, you have to make the bacon to buy bacon. Pork prices are on the rise across the nation. Now, Indiana livestock farmers are feeling the burn from an epidemic virus that's killing pigs in the U.S.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus is an orally transmitted disease that dehydrates pigs, and it can be deadly in piglets. USDA reports the disease has killed millions of hogs already and with no known vaccine, the virus is spreading.
As a result, consumers are paying more for pork. USDA confirms humans cannot contract PEDv, neither can other species. The disease is confined to the hog population.
Americans have already been dishing out more "dough" for beef, fighting the highest prices in decades due to a drought that started in the west. As more consumers turn to pork and chicken, experts expect those prices to also rise.
To try and stop the spread of the sometimes deadly virus, on Friday, the USDA announced livestock farmers are now required to report incidents of PEDv.
To learn more about PEDv, visit the National Pork Board website.