Researchers say new pig virus could pose threat to humans

May 17, 2018

Researchers at Ohio State University in the US and Utrecht University in the Netherlands have identified a new pig virus that could pose a threat to humans, a report by Reuters said. The virus, identified as porcine deltacoronovirus, found its way into laboratory-cultured cells of people and other species, raising concerns about a potential outbreak that could affect humans. Researchers note that the virus has only affected lab-cultured cells and there has been no human infection. It was first detected in pigs in China in 2012 but was not associated with disease, however in 2014, it was first detected in the US during a diarrhoea outbreak and has since appeared in other countries.