Wisconsin takes steps to slow spread of pig virus

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's state veterinarian has banned spring weigh-ins for pigs competing at fairs this year and is recommending all pigs shown at fairs be sent immediately to slaughter to prevent the spread of a deadly animal virus.

The steps are aimed at preventing the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which has killed as many as 4 million pigs since it showed up in the United States last April.

La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1jAZZ14 ) Wisconsin has seen six cases so far.

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Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com

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