Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses cause a number of important diseases in livestock, poultry, and humans, including infectious bronchitis (poultry), transmissible gastroenteritis virus (pigs), calf diarrhoea, enteritis (turkeys), and porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED). The emergence of zoonotic coronaviruses causing MERS and SARS, as well as the new pig disease PED has increased interest in this group of viruses and their ability to jump species. Bats have been implicated in the origins of emerging coronaviruses, and surveillance for potential new zoonotic diseases is important.

STAR-IDAZ IRC is conducting gap analyses and developing roadmaps for disease control. For the zoonotic coronaviruses, a one-health approach, coordinating the human and animal research initiative will be needed.

The current state of Coronavirus research in livestock is covered in the Annual state-of-the art report on animal health research on IRC priorities.

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