An emerging coronavirus strain that causes gastrointestinal illness in swine — and is especially dangerous to baby pigs — could wreck the pork industry and has the potential to jump species and infect humans, a UNC study has found.
The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at a virus called swine acute diarrhea syndrome, or SADS-CoV, that began to infect swine herds in China in 2016, causing diarrhea and vomiting.
It killed 90% of the piglets under five days old that contracted it.
The virus, which has not been detected in the United States, is in the same family as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. Both viruses are thought to have emerged from bats.
Source: The Charlotte Observer