Um new type of coronavirus which recently devastated the pig industry “has the potential to spread to humans,” warns a new study.
The strain, called acute diarrhea syndrome coronavirus (SADS–CoV), first appeared in 2016, and since then it has seriously damaged the pork industry.
As the name suggests, the virus causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, and is especially lethal for piglets.
And now, a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says that this viral agent could spread among humans.
During the research, researchers tested several types of human cells infected with a synthetic form of (SADS–CoV).
These experiments revealed that a wide range of human cells was susceptible at infection, including liver, intestine, and lung cells.
Caitlin Edwards, one of the researchers involved in the study, explained: “the SADS–CoV derives from coronavirus found in bats known as HKU2, being a group of heterogeneous viruses and distributed all over the world “.
“It is unpredictable whether the virus will suddenly emerge and infect human populations, as happened with the SARS–CoV-2 “he added.
“However, the wide range of hosts from SADS–CoV, together with a strong capacity for replication in human lung cells and entericas, demonstrates the potential risk of its future emergence between humans and other animals “.
However, and given the data collected, the researchers have already tested the antiviral drug remdesivir in human cells infected. Fortunately, the drug managed to slow the spread of the virus.
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