Interview: Deadly Pig Virus Sends Bacon, Pork Prices Soaring
A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, its threatening pork production and pushing up prices. Estimates vary, but one economist believes case data indicate more than 6 million piglets in 27 states have died since porcine epidemic diarrhea showed up in the U.S. last May. Already, prices have shot up: A pound of bacon averaged $5.46 in February, 13 percent more than a year ago.
AM 820 News anchor Robert Pankau discusses with ABC News correspondent Scott Goldberg: