Stratford News PED virus found at local pig farm SHARE ON: Ethan Rabidoux, staff Friday, Jan. 24th, 2014 A deadly pig virus has been found in our region. The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has emerged on a farm in Middlesex County. Nobody knows how it got there. The PED has killed millions of hogs in the United States. Piglets are most susceptible to the illness. The virus causes gastrointestinal issues and the animal dies from dehydration. PED can destroy up to 90 percent of a farmer’s herd. The virus is no threat to humans and officials say the situation is under control.