EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Agriculture is keeping a close eye on a disease that is found in pigs.
So far there have been 50 reported cases of the Seneca Valley Virus since early September. Each case has involved pigs that were being imported to a slaughter facility in southern Oregon.
Oregon State University Swine Specialist Gene Pirelli said Seneca Valley Virus is not the problem. But said the symptoms the virus carries are similar to the deadly foreign animal disease known as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
He said this is concerning because they do not want to mistakenly think a pig has Seneca Valley Virus when it could have FMD. Pirelli said pigs with these symptoms will have blisters on their body and can transmit by touching each other.
Although the disease is contagious among pigs, Pirelli said there are things farmers can do if their pig has the virus.
"Isolating the infected animals until the disease runs its course which is only a few days,” said Pirelli. “Making sure you don't transfer any of that virus to the other pigs in your place.”
He said if you have any concerns you should contact your veterinarian. Pirelli said fortunately Seneca Valley Virus has no effect on humans.