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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.

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.”

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious...