New virus in pigs pops up in Australia

06-12-2007 | |

Australian researchers have found a new type of virus that causes high mortality rates in (primarily) piglets.

The virus has been detected in the Australian state of New South Wales.
Infection with this virus results in inflammation of the heart muscle, which subsequently results in sudden death among piglets. Additionally, more stillborn and mummificated piglets have been observed.
Scientists have named the disease: porcine myocarditis syndrome. According to the research team, this new type of virus belongs to the group of Pesti viruses.

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