New_Strain_of_Pig_Virus_Affects_Minnesota_Farmers-syndImport-061652A new strain of a virus is threatening the livelihood of Minnesota pig farmers. Experts at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine say they’ve found a new mutation of the virus that’s killed 8 million pigs and piglets in the past two years. Pigs are the only ones affected by the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv. The original virus came to the United States in May 2013. Now, U of M researchers have detected a third, new strain. For now, this won’t affect your pork prices at the grocery stores, but it is causing some pig farmers to struggle to get enough of certain pork products to market. If you’re afraid your bacon or pork could be bad, Minnesota Pork Board Executive Director David Preisler reassured is that “it’s not an issue.”  “This isn’t a foodborne disease, so it doesn’t affect the quality of pork or food safety,” Preisler said. But it’s been a rough road for pig farmers, like Dassel’s Pat Fitzsimmons, who help get our pork products to market. He owns and manages farms with tens of thousands of pigs. “It’s very hard on the employees to go through, and for everything you’ve worked for, dies off at the end of the day or by the end of the week,” Fitzsimmons said. More