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Pork prices could rise in the next few months because of a virus that has migrated to the United States, killing piglets in 15 states at an alarming rate where it has been reported.  Nebraska is not one of the states where the virus has been reported.

Colorado Department of Agriculture official Dr. Nick Striegel said the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus was thought to exist only in Europe and China.

Colorado and other states began reporting the virus in April, and officials have confirmed its presence in about 200 hog facilities around the nation.

Striegel said it was unclear how many pigs had died from the virus that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration, but it has been devastating for pork producers where it has been diagnosed.

He said the disease was not harmful to humans and there was no evidence it affected pork products.

The virus has been confirmed in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.

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