UF researchers find spillover COVID-19 cases from strain found in pigs

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 7:04 AM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - University of Florida researchers found that so-called coronavirus spillovers are more common than expected.

They detected past instances of people becoming infected with a type of coronavirus that was previously only found in pigs.

According to a study, the strain is different but related to the virus causing COVID-19.

They say most spillover infections are not serious.

Researchers say the study helps them understand how viruses adapt to human hosts, and in some cases, lead to pandemics.

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