CENTRAL CITY, NE (NBC) - A mysterious virus has affected the pig populations across the nation. It has hit 27 states, and as a result prices are on the rise.
It's killing piglets at an alarming rate, wiping out an entire farm in less than three days. The mysterious disease is causing pork prices to skyrocket across the country.
In February, a pound of bacon averaged $5.46, up 13 percent from last year, now perhaps even higher.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or the PED virus, is believed to have originated in China. It has killed an estimated five million piglets since it hit the United States in May of 2013.
Mark McHargue, owner of Big Valley Pork says the disease has already infected many farms across Nebraska.
Mark says PEDV could even be picked up at a convenience store.
But Nebraska farmers like Mark have been taking extra precautions to keep PEDV out of their pens.
The contagious virus is not transmissible to humans and is not a threat to food safety. The USDA has already invested millions of dollars into finding a vaccine.