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Wisconsin officials concerned about pig disease

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The presence of a pig disease is raising concerns in Wisconsin.

State Veterinarian Paul McGraw has ordered a ban on spring weigh-ins for pigs to be entered at fairs throughout the state. Also, McGraw recommends that only terminal hog shows be held this year, in which the exhibited animals are sent directly to slaughter after the shows.

The state is trying to prevent the spread of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PED. There have been six confirmed cases of the disease in the Badger State recently.

McGraw says fairs that hold non-terminal shows face possible state action if the virus is found at the event. If PED is not found, McGraw says the pigs could return home as planned.

The non-terminal shows allow people to exhibit their pigs multiple times.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)