Concern Grows Over New ‘Pig Virus’ Threat to Public Health

A newly identified pig virus is giving researchers cause for concern after they discovered it can transfer to lab-cultured cells of people and other animal species.

The virus, porcine deltacoronavirus, was first discovered in China in 2012 and detected in U.S. pigs in 2014. No human cases have been documented so far, though researchers are concerned about the virus’ ability to transfer to humans and cause life-threatening issues. Further research will be necessary to discover exactly how transferable the virus is and how susceptible other animals may be.

This case acutely underscores the necessity for animal research in the preservation of both human and animal life.