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Infected hog prompts public meeting in Gays Mills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin agriculture officials are calling a meeting of hog farmers and landowners after finding a feral hog they think is infected with pseudorabies.

  The virus causes respiratory symptoms in adult hogs and can kill newborn pigs and cause miscarriages or stillbirths in sows.

  It can be passed through shared food or between pigs in close contact.

  The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the feral hog was one of four shot in Crawford County during the recent gun deer hunt.

  Wildlife officials took blood from three of the animals, and an initial screening showed pseudorabies in a sow.

  The sample was sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa for confirmation.

  The meeting will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Gays Mills Community Center.

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