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Study demonstrates that #Raccoon dogs are susceptible to #SARSCoV2 infection and can transmit the virus to direct in-contact animals

Animals, Coronavirus, Europe, Health, Mutation, Reinfection, Science, Vaccine

“Our experimental study demonstrates that raccoon dogs are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and can transmit the virus to direct in-contact animals. In our study, raccoon dogs had only subtle clinical signs. We found evidence of viral replication and tissue lesions in only the nasal conchae.

Increasing evidence supports the potential of carnivore species, including farmed fur animals, to become infected by SARS-CoV-2. This transmission could eventually cause zoonotic infections in humans Our results indicate that affected farms might be reservoirs for SARS-CoV-2. Thus, efficient and continuous surveillance should target susceptible animals, including raccoon dogs, especially in China, which is a key player in global fur production. We also need to initiate large-scale epidemiologic field studies with historic samples that might elucidate the role of farmed animals in the current pandemic.”


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