Pigs being killed by virus


Pigs are being affected in the USA and elsewhere by a deadly virus:

Pork prices may be on the rise in the next few months because of a new virus that has migrated to the U.S., killing piglets in 15 states at an alarming rate in facilities where it has been reported.Nick Striegel, assistant state veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said Wednesday the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, was thought to exist only in Europe and China, but Colorado and 14 other states began reporting the virus in April, and officials confirmed its presence in May. The virus causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration in pigs. It can be fatal.

“It has been devastating for those producers where it has been diagnosed. It affects nursing pigs, and in some places, there has been 100 percent mortality,” he said.  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-57593163/pig-virus-migrates-to-u.s-threatens-pork-prices/

While this particular virus does not seem to harm humans, pork routinely contains dangerous bacteria (see Consumer Reports: Most Pork Contaminated with Bacteria) and other pathogenic organisms (see Pigs May Spread Deadly Ebola Virus) that can.

The Bible teaches that humans should not eat pigs.  Here is one example:

3 “You shall not eat any detestable thing…7 Nevertheless, of those that chew the cud or have cloven hooves, you shall not eat, such as these: the camel, the hare, and the rock hyrax; for they chew the cud but do not have cloven hooves; they are unclean for you. 8 Also the swine is unclean for you, because it has cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud; you shall not eat their flesh or touch their dead carcasses (Deuteronomy 14:3,7-8).

No one called of God is shown to have eaten unclean animals in either the Old or New Testaments.

Pigs transmit a variety of diseases to humans, including potentially deadly ones (for more details, please see The New Testament Church and Unclean Meats and Pigs May Spread Deadly Ebola Virus). They may be a factor in some of the pestilences to come.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include:

The New Testament Church and Unclean Meats Are foods considered to have been unclean in the Old Testament considered to be food in the New Testament? This article discusses this from the perspective of the New Testament. It also has a list of clean and unclean animals. It also answers the question, is pork healthy or is pork dangerous?
Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse What is the pale horse of death and pestilences? What will it bring and when?

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