Researchers Concerned Lethal Pig Virus Could Also Infect Humans

The virus causes severe diarreah, vomitting, and sometimes death
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Researchers
are concerned a virus detected in pigs - porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) -
which causes diarrhea, vomiting, and sometimes death may infect humans next.

Occurrences

PDCoV -
which mimics the deadly SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus in its
ability to jump between species - was first detected in China in 2012.

Later, a
major outbreak occurred in Iowa where piglets suffered 'acute severe diarrhea'.

The virus
has since been detected in a number of other states, Canada, South Korea,
Thailand, and China.

Studies indicate the virus may also infect cats and chickens

Studies indicate the virus may also infect cats and chickens

Interspecies

Research
has shown that the virus can indeed jump between species, with lab tests
indicating it has the potential to infect cats, chickens, and humans - although
no humans have been infected as yet.

Linda Saif
of Ohio State's Food Animal Health Research Program said:
"We're very
concerned about emerging coronaviruses and worry about the harm they can do to
animals and their potential to jump to humans."