Swine at Oklahoma Youth Expo exposed to deadly virus

Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 3:44 PM CDT
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Officials are urging those who showed pigs at the Oklahoma Youth Expo to be cautious after a virus deadly to swine was detected.

Officials say the virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), was confirmed on March 21.

A news release says the highly infectious disease went undetected at the expo for several days.

While many of the animals are expected to recover, officials say the disease can be deadly to younger animals. The release states pigs age 3 weeks or younger have almost a 100 percent mortality rate.

Owners are reminded to isolate swine for a period of one week to 30 days after returning from shows to prevent the spread of disease.

Officials say humans cannot catch the virus, and food produced from infected swine is safe to eat.