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Extremely Contagious Pig Virus Has Already Killed More Than 4 Million Hogs In The U.S.

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If you eat pork, get ready to pay a lot more for it.  A highly contagious pig virus known as “Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus” has now spread to 27 different U.S. states, and it has killed more than 4 million hogs since last May.  Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the entire world, estimates that approximately 10 percent of all adult female hogs in America have contracted the disease already, and there is a very good chance that any offspring that they have will die.  That is because the mortality rate for this disease for piglets is between 80 and 100 percent.  Fortunately, we are being told that this disease does not affect humans.  However, considering the fact that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recorded history, and considering the fact that the U.S. cattle herd has shrunk for seven years in a row, this pig virus is coming at a very, very bad time.

And the frightening thing is that the spread of this disease appears to be accelerating.  Back in January, it had only been found in 22 states.  But now, it has been found in 27 states

Arizona is the latest state to confirm cases of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, a highly contagious pig disease, increasing the tally of U.S. states with confirmed cases to 27, a group of animal health researchers said.

According to Reuters, there are 4,458 cases that authorities are currently monitoring.  But it is important to keep in mind that a single case can represent “an entire herd”…

Confirmed cases of PEDv increased by 274 in the week ending March 8, bringing the total number to 4,458 in 27 states.

While one case can represent an individual animal or an entire herd at a single site, hog industry analysts estimate PEDv has killed between 4 million and 5 million U.S. hogs since it was discovered in May 2013.

PEDv, which does not affect humans and is not a food safety risk, causes diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration in pigs. While older pigs have a chance of survival, 80 to 100 percent of piglets that contract it die.

This is a disease which can be spread from mothers to their children, and that is why it is so troubling that approximately 10 percent of all adult females now have this virus.  The following is an excerpt from a recent Fox News article.

Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork producer, and other meatpackers estimate that about 10% of the nation’s sows, or adult female hogs, have been infected by the virus, which can spread to their offspring.

Perhaps you are thinking that you will just start eating more beef for a while.

And under normal circumstances, that would be no problem at all.

Unfortunately, the beef industry is having huge problems right now as well because of the horrible drought in the western half of the country.  The total size of the U.S. cattle herd has been shrinking for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951.

But today we have more than twice as many people as we had back in 1951.

So we have got a huge problem.  Our cattle herd is shrinking and an extremely contagious virus is killing off our pigs.

This isn’t a major crisis just yet, but if these trends continue we will definitely get there.

But even if a major crisis is averted somehow, without a doubt the price of meat in America is going to be rising for quite some time to come.

And perhaps it is fitting that a pig virus is sweeping the nation, because we have literally become “pig people” in the eyes of the rest of the world.

We like to think of ourselves as “good examples” that the rest of the world should follow, but the truth is that pretty much all that we are giving the rest of the world these days are really, really bad examples.

As I was researching this piece, I came across an article about how one of the most popular performers in America had someone literally vomit on her while she was performing her hit song “Swine”…

Pop star Lady Gaga is known for her shocking outfits and antics. But what she did on stage Thursday night at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, has left even some of the most desensitized critics calling it “ridiculous” and “sick.”

While performing her song “Swine,” the singer was joined by someone named Millie Brown. Brown is an artist of sorts who specializes in painting with…vomit. That’s right, she ingests colored liquid and then sticks her fingers down her throat and literally vomits all over a canvas. On Thursday, Brown did just that — except there was no canvas: She vomited a green liquid onto Lady Gaga.

Really?

Is this what our country has turned into?

For many more examples such as this one, please see two of my previous articles entitled “16 Examples That Show The United States Has Become A Seriously Messed Up Country” and “55 Things About America You May Not Know“.

The sad thing is that Lady Gaga has tens of millions of adoring fans in this nation, and stunts like these only tend to increase her popularity.

Now that we have gotten to the point where having someone vomit on a woman is considered to be “entertainment”, it is hard to be optimistic about the future of this nation.

But perhaps there are some out there that believe that I am being too harsh.

So what do you think?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth. His new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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  • K

    Interesting they keep quoting Smithfield. They were bought out by China a few months back. Is that where the outbreak started? I understand it is a very common problem in China.A wise person preps for as many conditions as possible. Including high food prices.

  • j

    It’s almost funny that the pigs are dying. Leviticus tells us not to eat swine flesh and there are even examples in the New Covenant that pigs should not be consumed. Yet as a nation the USA loves its swine both on their plates and apparently in the general public and as their celebrities.

    • Michelle Cofg

      This is the New Testament
      3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
      5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

  • Oldphartbsa

    Not a fan of pork, and detest spam. But I’ve got a pile of spam tucked away as eventual trade goods. Maybe I’ve hit on the new ‘bitcoin’?

  • Hammerstrike

    “Fortunately, we are being told that this disease does not affect humans.”

    For now.

  • Eric Quintero

    Pork is a dirty animal tho. I dont really eat much of it anyway

  • DJohn1

    The problem is Moses. Eating pig is against the Moses diet spelled out in the Bible and followed by people all over the planet.
    The Pope declared pork as not a sin to eat and Catholics everywhere started eating pork in the middle ages.
    Something like 60% of the dead people who are examined after death have a form of parasite directly traceable to pork. The reason is that the pork parasite is extremely hard to kill. Even in ovens it is hard to kill.
    Pork digests rather easily and it is very bad for anyone with diabetes.
    I have eaten pork in the form of ham and bacon in my life. I think it is a mistake but it has all ready probably done its damage in me.
    Bacon is part of our breakfast food culture.
    The Moses diet also describes other foods that you shouldn’t eat. Shrimp and Oysters come to mind. Nature’s little pond filters. These animals quite literally eat all the bad things out of our water. One fisherman failed the test for good shrimp. He took the nets and shipped them out to clean water. Within 24 hours the shrimp pasted the test. They had absorbed the pollutants then discarded them when they were shipped into clean water.
    I doubt the virus claim. Because pork is really too similar to human flesh. It takes a microscope to tell the difference in forensic medicine.

    • nekksys

      Actually, pork was declared clean in Acts 10:10-15 during the vision Peter was given; to wit, verse 15:

      “The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

      The Pope had nothing to do with it.

      • DJohn1

        Thank you. You are correct.
        When ever I see miracles from the Bible, I remind myself that it also says that the law does not change. Those are the same kind of miracles that said that Jesus walked on water. I do not see anyone walking on water today.
        So except for the direct intervention of God, Pork is still unclean.

        • nekksys

          Take note of what the voice who spoke to Peter said…

          “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.

          That was direct intervention from God, moron…

          • Alamb

            The vision was *not* about food. Initially, Peter himself wasn’t even sure what the vision given to him could mean.

            Acts 10:17
            “Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean…”

            As the passage continues we see *three men* arrive (just like the sheet came down *three* times).

            Acts 10:19
            “While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, *three men* seek thee.”

            Later Peter realizes what God was referring to when the voice said,
            “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”

            Acts 10:28
            “And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any *man* common or unclean.”

            The prophet Isaiah is clearly states that when the Messiah comes in judgement, those eating swines flesh and rats and the abomination (shellfish) will be destroyed all together.

          • nekksys

            Incorrect…

            As was said to Peter, “Rise, kill and eat.” and “Do not call unclean that which God has made clean.” So, yeah, it was about food…

            Next time, get your complete context right and remember: The Old Testament was fulfilled through Christ. We are no longer slaves to The Law as He came to free us from The Law’s burdensome yoke.

          • AnotherLamb

            Alamb is correct. If you read the passage plainly, Peter “wondered within himself what this vision he had seen meant” (Acts 10:17, cf. 19). Peter did not take the vision at face value. Throughout the Bible, you will notice that God often uses animals in visions to *represent something else*. (Read the book of Daniel for examples.) This vision turned out to be no different. We, and Peter, are not left wondering forever what God meant by the vision, though, as later on in the chapter, Peter interprets the meaning. Acts 10:34: “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.’” And to be even clearer, Peter tells the whole story again in Acts 11:4-17, starting with the vision and linking it with its actual meaning.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Millie Brown is just 1 person out of 320 million. Ignore her! I’d never even heard of her till now.

  • Kim

    muslims killing off our food supply too or sensationalist journalism?

  • xander cross

    Wow. I certainly did not know that.

  • AnotherLamb

    I look forward to reading this! Add to “Jews and Muslims” Christians, too! Many of us are reading the whole Bible and seeing the same thing. :)