Deadly PIGLET VIRUS now in 13 states ~ 2 DOGS in NEW MEXICO diagnosed with BUBONIC PLAGUE ~ RABIES reports from GA, KS, MD, NC, & TX.

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National 06/25/13 A swine virus deadly to young pigs, and never before seen in North America, has spiked to 199 sites in 13 states – nearly double the number of farms and other locations from earlier this month. Iowa, the largest U.S. hog producer, has the most sites testing positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus: 102 sites, as of June 10. The state raises on average 30 million hogs each year, according to the Iowa Pork Producers Association. PEDV, most often fatal to very young pigs, causes diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. It also sickens older hogs, though their survival rate tends to be high. The total number of pig deaths from the outbreak since the first cases were confirmed May 17 is not known. Researchers at veterinarian diagnostic labs, who are testing samples as part of a broad investigation into the outbreak, have seen a substantial increase in positive cases since early June, when data on the PEDV outbreak showed it at some 103 sites nationwide. The data was compiled and released last week by Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, Kansas State University and South Dakota State University. The virus does not pose a health risk to humans or other animals and the meat from PEDV-infected pigs is safe for people to eat, according to federal officials and livestock economists. But the virus, which is spreading rapidly across the United States, is proving harder to control than previously believed. In addition to Iowa, Oklahoma has 38 positive sites, Minnesota has 19 and Indiana has 10, according to the data. PEDV has also been diagnosed in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. – For complete article see

Bubonic Plague:

????????New Mexico 06/24/13 El Dorado County: Health officials have issued a Plague Alert after two dogs belonging to residents in the state’s East Mountains communities were diagnosed with the disease. Dogs and other pets should be kept away from rodents that might be carrying infected fleas. These include rabbits, chipmunks, and squirrels. – See


Hall_County-GAGeorgia 06/25/13 Hall County: Health officials have issued a Rabies Alert after a raccoon found in the Highland Circle area of Gainesville tested positive for the virus. – See



SalineCountyKSKansas 06/25/13 Saline County: Health officials have confirmed that a skunk tested on June 18th was positive for rabies. It is the 36th animal in the state to test positive this year including 27 skunks, three cows, two dogs, two cats, a fox and a bat. – See

Worcester_County.MDMaryland 06/24/13 Worcester County: A raccoon that attacked a person at Northside Park in Ocean City on June 18th has tested positive for rabies. – See

YanceyCtyNCNorth Carolina 06/25/13 Yancey County: A raccoon that attacked an unvaccinated dog in the South Toe community has tested positive for rabies. – See

Guadalupe-CountyTXTexas 06/25/13 Guadalupe County: An aggressive cat that was shot by a rancher off FM 466 near the Gonzales County line on June 15th has tested positive for rabies. – See


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