Researchers confirm deltacoronavirus spreads in poultry

Researchers confirm deltacoronavirus spreads in poultry

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Porcine deltacoronavirus, responsible for swine diarrhea outbreaks, also causes disease in poultry

Though the virus is known for causing outbreaks of swine diarrhea in 2009 and 2014, porcine deltacoronavirus was previously known to kill cells from other species in a laboratory setting, according to Scott Kenney, an assistant professor at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. When inserted into chicken and human cells in previous trials, the virus killed both. But it wasn’t clear whether that meant it could jump species in the field.