Wisconsin state veterinarian helps fight pig virus - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Wisconsin state veterinarian helps fight pig virus

Posted: Updated:

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Shoppers have seen double-digit increases in bacon prices in the past year as a virus that causes deadly diarrhea in baby pigs sweeps through U.S. hog farms.

Wisconsin state veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw recently served on a federal task force charged with developing a plan to fight the disease known as porcine epidemic diarrhea and spoke to The Associated Press about his work.

McGraw says one scary thing about the disease is that it only affects pigs and doesn't travel well through the air, yet it has spread to nearly 30 states and thousands of farms.

He says it would be that much harder to control a virus that affected multiple types of animals, and believes farmers must strive to prevent the spread of disease.

  • 27 News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:52:29 GMT
    The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.More >>
    Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group...More >>
  • Bicyclist struck by car in Madison

    Bicyclist struck by car in Madison

    A bicyclist suffered non-life threatening injuries after he was struck by a car Sunday night.More >>
    A bicyclist suffered non-life threatening injuries after he was struck by a car Sunday night.
    More >>
  • Drunk driver arrested for causing crash

    Drunk driver arrested for causing crash

    MADISON (WKOW) -- A Mukwonago man is arrested after crashing and injuring someone while driving drunk.Police say the crash happened at the corner of Highway 12-18 and Millpond Road around 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.A 41-year-old Elkhorn woman, who was a passenger in the other car, was taken to a hospital with internal injuries, they are not thought to be life-threatening.The woman's husband and two sons were also in the car with her, but were not injured.The suspect, 44-year-old Lawrence Hana was...More >>
    MADISON (WKOW) -- A Mukwonago man is arrested after crashing and injuring someone while driving drunk.Police say the crash happened at the corner of Highway 12-18 and Millpond Road around 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.A 41-year-old Elkhorn woman, who was a passenger in the other car, was taken to a hospital with internal injuries, they are not thought to be life-threatening.The woman's husband and two sons were also in the car with her, but were not injured.The suspect, 44-year-old Lawrence Hana was...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WKOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Anna Engelhart at 608-661-2767. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.