Background Paper The Appearance of the Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus has Created New Problems and Perspectives

  • M. Pensaert
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 276)


In 1984, the appearance of a new porcine Coronavirus related to TGEV was suspected based on an unexpected but widespread prevalence of antibodies to TGEV found in the swine population of several European countries. Most remarkable was the observation that this widespread occurrence of TGEV antibodies was seen in the absence of previous outbreaks or epizootics of diarrhea and also the fact that such findings were made in countries, e.g. Denmark, which had never experienced TGEV infection previously. The ease with which the virus spread, not only within a country, but also across national borders, pointed towards long distance virus transmission, almost certainly by the aerogenic route.


Enteric Virus Intestinal Infection Swine Population Previous Outbreak Small Intestinal Villus 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Pensaert
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Virology-Immunology Faculty of Veterinary MedicineState University of GentGentBelgium

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