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Pork Network reports:

It's been one year since Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first identified in the United States. In those relatively short 12 months, PEDv has spread unchecked across the country, stretching across 30 states with more than 6,000 confirmed cases.

Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics and National Pork Board consultant, puts losses attributed to PEDv as high as 7 million, or more than 10 percent of the nation's pig population. Purdue University economist Chris Hurt, however, estimates a lower number of PEDv-related deaths. The bottom-line for both estimates remain the same: PEDv has killed millions of pigs.

As a result, retail pork and hog prices have set new record highs, and as cases continue to climb, these prices have the potential to increase even more. The USDA announced PEDV as a reportable disease in April, a step that requires the pork industry to track its spread. But for Meyer, it's a step that is months overdue.

"It's a positive step that I wish they had taken last summer when it became obvious this was spreading rapidly," Meyer told Retuers. The financial and emotion ramifications of PEDv have taken its toll on producers across the country.

"If you have four weeks of mortality in a PEDv break, that's pretty devastating to the financial wellbeing of that operation," said Greg Boerboom, a Minnesota hog farmer.

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