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Swine veterinarian Bill Minton thought the baby pigs dying at a farm in western Ohio had a bad case of gastroenteritis and was stumped when lab results came back with no indication of what had killed them.

It took nearly 30 days — and hundreds more pigs dying in five other states — for Minton to learn the farm was ground zero for a virulent, fast-spreading virus that had never been seen before in the United States.

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