FLORENCE, AL (WZDX) - Pork prices are rising and a disease spreading among pigs is to blame.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has killed about 63 million pigs across the country and is causing herd numbers to go down and prices to rise. The disease can't be transmitted to humans, but for people who sell pork products, it's hurting their bottom line.
"We're going to have to go up on the price. I mean, you can't work for nothing. Even though we do this as an enjoyable hobby, we still have to make a little to pay the bills," said Jeff Carter of Smokin' on the Boulevard in Florence.
The virus has been found in 27 states. So far, no cases have been reported in Alabama.