Ontario's chief vet explains deadly pig virus

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On Thursday, Ontario veterinary officials confirmed they'd found the country's first case of a deadly pig virus in Middlesex County near London. 

The virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea or PED, has killed over a million piglets in the United States. 

The virus is deadly for pigs and is highly contagious, but it isn't a danger to humans and isn't a food safety threat.

Ontario pork farmers have been bracing themselves for the spread since last spring, when PED began ravaging pig populations south of the border, driving up pork prices by 25 per cent.

At 7:10 on The Morning Edition we'll hear from Dr. Greg Douglas, the Chief Veterinary Officer of Ontario about the virus and how it could affect Ontario. 


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