Two free-ranging deer have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 in New Jersey. Deer in six other states, including New York and Pennsylvania, also tested positive. They were tested as part of an ongoing surveillance project, the NJDEP said
In a separate report, nine of 142 (6.3%) wild deer tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in a study by the University of Minnesota.
Five wild white-tailed deer have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ontario province in Canada, and three white-tailed deer have tested positive in Quebec province.
In a post on Facebook on Tuesday, the Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said samples were collected from five free-ranging white-tailed deer in southwestern Ontario back in November.
The three infected white-tailed deer were found in Quebec’s Estrie region and represent the first time the disease has been detected in wild animals in Canada.
Canada has confirmed the first detections of SARS-CoV-2 in three free-ranging white-tailed deer. These deer were sampled between November 6 to 8, 2021, in the Estrie region of Quebec.
Samples for SARS-CoV-2 were collected through a big game registration station in southern Quebec. Similar to findings in the United States, the deer showed no evidence of clinical signs of disease, and were all apparently healthy. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was notified on December 1, 2021.
As this is the first detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife in Canada, information on the impacts and spread of the virus in wild deer populations is currently limited. This finding emphasizes the importance of ongoing surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife to increase our understanding about SARS-CoV-2 on the human-animal interface.