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

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