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Local county fairs cautious about pig virus

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LISBON, Ohio -

A deadly pig virus that has plagued farms in 30 states have Ohio farmers taking extra precautions.

You won't see any piglets at this year's Columbiana County fair, or at any local fair for that matter.

4-H groups are showing off their more adult pigs at the fair, hoping to sell them for top dollar.

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or PED-V has led to the deaths of over eight million pigs in the United States, mostly effecting pig farms in the Midwest. It has been found in Ohio and in Pennsylvania.

Farmers said the virus strikes the young.

"Anywhere from 0-50 pounds, when they are newborns. It's a diarrhea virus that kind of dehydrates them. Usually, it's a 100% mortality on a young pig," said Mark Riffee, a farmer from Hanoverton.

The virus does not effect humans, but it can be spread easily. That's why local farmers are already taking serious precautions to make sure it doesn't hit our area.

Ginger Riffee said, "It's so easy for the bugs to travel on the bottom of boots, on truck tires. The feed stores deliver feed to farms where it could travel state to state possibly."

So, pig farmers are usually requiring people to change their boots while on their farms and they won't even allow trucks onto their property.

Pork prices are already up 10-20% this year and if the virus spreads those prices could go much higher.

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