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Pig virus could cost Ontario farmers dearly

A group representing Ontario hog farmers is warning a deadly virus could cost the pork industry tens of millions of dollars in a year if it is allowed to spread. Ontario Pork says it is encouraging farmers to ramp up their biosecurity protocols to keep the pathogen -- which is transmitted through contact with manure -- off their property.

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The Ontario government is giving the province's pork industry money to help contain the virus that has infected at least two southwestern Ontario farms.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says $2 million have been set aside to boost biosecurity infrastructure. (The Canadian Press)

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