Can pigs catch coronavirus, COVID-19?
Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health at National Pork Board, says there is no evidence that pigs or pork are involved in the current novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.
Fowler reiterates there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be spread through food or food packaging.
Coronavirus, a word quite familiar to the global swine industry as transmissible gastroenteritis virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and porcine deltacorona virus are all coronaviruses that do impact pig health. However, Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health at National Pork Board, says there is no evidence that pigs or pork are involved in the current novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.
“Similar to SARS and MERS, there is a suspicion that COVID-19 originated in bats and maybe has an animal intermediate, such as a pangolin (scaly anteater),” Fowler says. “From the perspective of how the disease has spread it has primarily been person to person. There is no evidence of pets, domestic species or even wildlife in the United States playing any role in the disease transmission.“
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