According to officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has now come to Utah. Earlier this week officials announced tests conducted by the USDA’s National Veterinary Service Laboratory confirmed the presence of the fast-spreading virus at the Circle Four Farms in Beaver County, Utah.

Circle Four Farms is one of the biggest hog farm in Utah and one of the largest in the country. Its production facilities house 74,000 sows, 156,000 nursery, and 454,000 finishing spaces.

This announcement marks the first confirmed case of PEDv in Utah. Experts estimate around 8 million pigs have been killed across the country since the disease was first identified in U.S. hog herds last April.

Acting State Veterinarian Dr. Warren Hess has advised Utah pork producers to “remain vigilant regarding their animal biosecurity practices on their farms.” 

“Increased animal health security measures can not only help defend against PEDv but can also prevent the spread of many other livestock diseases,” he added in a news release here

The USDA has agreed to work with state veterinarians to fund testing "to assure that stringent animal biosecurity practices are in place.

Read the full news release here.