Kentucky has had its first two confirmed cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), the National Animal Health Laboratory Network reported. PEDV, which was first discovered in the United States during the spring of 2013, has now been confirmed in 18 states.
According to the October 24 report from the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), which includes new cases between September 22 and October 19, Kentucky had one confirmed case of PEDV during the week of October 6 and another PEDV case during the week of October 13.
A total of 828 cases of the virus, which can have a 100 percent mortality rate with piglets and has no known cure, have been confirmed nationwide. Eleven of those confirmed cases have not been linked to any particular state.
Since NAHLN is a federal agency, it stopped collecting PEDV data during the furlough. However, the University of Minnesota Diagnostic Laboratory collected the data during the interim period.