Additionally, experimental infection of pigs with Influenza C virus demonstrated that Chinese domestic pigs could be infected by Influenza C virus and that the virus could be transmitted from pig to pig. These results indicate that, like Influenza A virus and Influenza B virus, Influenza C virus can cause natural infection in pigs.
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It was long thought that Influenza C virus was an infectious agent that only affected humans. Even influential (and expensive) textbooks as late as 1990, like ‘Applied Virology: Volume 2 Research Virus Variability, Epidemiology and Control’, were certain that humans were the only natural reservoir of the virus. I wonder what people were thinking if you consider the insidious nature of all Influenza viruses.
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 Yuanji et al: Genome analysis of influenza C viruses isolated in 1981/82 from pigs in China in Journal of General Virology -1984
 Kimura et al: Interspecies transmission of influenza C virus between humans and pigs in Virus Research - 1997
 Ohwada et al: Distribution of the antibody to influenza C virus in dogs and pigs in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan in Microbiology and Immunology - 1987