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  • Pig owners should take precautions against PEDv

    The Maryland Department of Agriculture has confirmed a new case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) in Central Maryland and is alerting swine producers across the state to take proper precautions to protect their herds. PEDv infects only pigs, poses no known public health threat and is not a food safety concern. Mortality rates, however, can be as high as 100 percent in suckling and early weaned pigs.
  • Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

    Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not...

    Mexico officials: Bacterial infections sickened children

    Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern state of Chiapas. The Mexican Institute for...

    Plague in Idaho ground squirrels prompts health warning

    Ground squirrels south of Boise have tested positive for plague, and humans and pets should avoid the area, Idaho health officials say. The bacterial disease can be spread by the bites of fleas or by direct contact with infected animals, the Idaho...

    Q&A: Why are antibiotics used in livestock?

    Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Here's a rundown of what's driving the decision: Q: Why do farmers use antibiotics in raising animals in the first place?...