Animal Coronaviruses and SARS-CoV-2 in animals – a summary of what we know

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“..SARS-CoV-2 is demonstrating the ability to infect and sometime cause respiratory distress in many mammalian species. Transmission from humans to dogs, cats, lions, tigers and minks has occurred and in the last case, mink to mink intra-specific transmission was observed and notified to OIE in many countries.

The involvement of different mammalian species, that are domestic, farmed and wild animals in SARS-CoV-2 circulation has potentially dramatic implication and indicates the need for One Health surveillance, intervention and management strategies to mitigate the effects of this potential panzootic virus. For this reason, starting from this knowledge, we will try in this review organized by large chapters to summarize what we know about animal coronaviruses and how the current pandemic virus can infect and sometimes create disease among animals, trying to draw useful insights also concerning the trend of the pandemic in humans. “





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** This post was originally published on January 10, 2021 **