Ohio hog farms hit by disease that kills baby pigs

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Hog farms in Ohio are reporting cases of a relatively new disease that kills newborn pigs.

The state's agriculture department says it has recorded a couple hundred confirmed cases of the virus across Ohio.

The disease first found a year ago causes baby pigs to become dehydrated and die.

Severe strains of the virus can wipe out a farm's entire supply of baby pigs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said the die-off has had a hand in shrinking the nation's pig herd by 3 percent to about 63 million pigs.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture tells The Blade (http://bit.ly/1gDM7NT ) newspaper in Toledo that there is no cure for the disease right now.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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