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A form of Ebola virus has been detected in pigs for the first time, raising concerns it could mutate and pose a new risk to humans.
Ebola-Reston virus (REBOV) has only previously been seen in monkeys and humans
However, the researchers, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress that the virus at present appears to pose no risk to humans.
Pigs are known to provide an ideal host for viruses to mutate. Experts say the potential risk is magnified because they are an essential part of the human food chain, and come into close contact with people.
Researcher Dr Michael McIntosh said: "We know this family of viruses are associated with fatal illnesses in humans.
"Even though there is no evidence at this time to suggest REBOV causes diseases in humans it does seem that it can infect humans, and be transmitted from swine to humans.
Originally posted by MagicaRose
After this swine flu thing started I 've bought one pork roast and was leary of eating it but now, after hearing this I'm not going to buy anymore pork.
So, what can we substitute for bacon in our greens?....lol