“Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “mad cow” or “swine flu,” but it still might spell trouble for the American pork industry. The disease, which causes “severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration” in pigs, has hit fifteen states so far since hitting the U.S. in April. Get past the hilarious/weird/sad mental image of a pig vomiting its guts out and it soon becomes clear that the American pork industry might be in serious trouble. *Pats ourself on back for not making gratuitous “shit” pun*
The virus targets extremely young piglets, killing 80 to 100 percent of those three weeks or younger in affected populations. The virus doesn’t affect humans and is easily quarantined through proper hygiene, but it’s devastating for farms already affected and could cause a major spike in prices if it continues to infect pork farms. So if the idea of adorable, tiny baby pigs dying isn’t enough to take the humor value out of pork diarrhea, a rise in bacon costs sure is. Perish the thought.