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Croatia: no evidence of coronavirus spillover into wildlife or zoo animals found so far

Animals, Coronavirus, Croatia, Europe, Health, Infection, Reservoir, Science, Testing, Transmission

“..the aim of our study was to investigate the possibility of natural infection by SARS-CoV-2 of free-living and captive wild animals within their ecological niche. ..Based on the gained results, we conclude that during the investigated period (June 2020-March 2021), no SARS CoV-2 virus transmission from infected people or potentially contaminated environment to free-living wild animals included in the study occurred. Our conclusion also refers to in-contact zoo animals regardless of the fact that we collected samples during the ongoing second COVID-19 wave in Croatia when the animals were in contact with infected zoo workers. This demonstrates that the animal–human transmission of SARS CoV-2 is uncommon.

Investigating the Presence of SARS CoV-2 in Free-Living and Captive Animals  (PDF download)


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