Universities monitor pig virus with U.S. government shut down

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its second week, veterinary labs at U.S. universities are stepping into a data gap to collect information and publish updates about an outbreak of a swine virus deadly to young pigs, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

The University of Minnesota's diagnostic lab staff last week contacted four other university labs that have been testing samples for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv.

The results were sent to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, which published the information through its website, according to researchers and the agricultural veterinarian group.

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