Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nature: Deadly pig virus slips through US borders #PEDV

[Previously reported in the blog here, here and here and also here]

Researchers race to track spread of coronavirus.
A lethal virus that causes diarrhoea and vomiting in pigs has entered the United States and has been found in 14 states. With the country’s US$97-billion pork industry standing to lose millions of dollars in the event of a mass outbreak, scientists are working to track the virus and prevent its spread, even as they try to understand how it passed through biosecurity defences in the first place.
“How this virus got here, that’s the million-dollar question,” says James Collins, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota in St Paul.


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