Michigan animal-health officials report a pseudorabies outbreak at four game ranches in Michigan (three are clustered relatively close to each other.) The development has animal-health officials, local farmers and 4-H clubs worried about feral pigs possibly spreading the disease.

The state's agriculture department is moving in to destroy all swine on four game ranches where the PRV was detected. One is in Saginaw County, two in Gladwin County and the fourth in Cheboygan County. The Michigan Department of Agriculture is not releasing names or exact locations.

Michigan has a $500-million pork industry and the diseased feral pigs pose a serious threat to it, says Steven Halstead, Michigan's state veterinarian.

MDA has ordered mandatory PRV tests for all pigs going to fairs or exhibitions anywhere in the state, unless all are headed to slaughter directly after the show.

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Source: The Flint Journal