U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has announced a few bio-security efforts to help combat the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year.
The USDA will start requiring reporting of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the virus.
The illness has had a devastating effect on the pork
industry, leading the federal government to require producers to report infections though it is not a reportable
disease under international standards. The USDA will require tracking of pigs, vehicles and other equipment leaving affected facilities.
Farms that suffer an outbreak also will have to participate in a program to help control the spread of the disease, which causes sever diarrhea in newborn piglets, who then die from dehydration.