Urban rats tested for coronavirus in Antwerp, Belgium

Animals, Belgium, Coronavirus, Europe, Health, Infection, Science, Testing

The serum of 35 rats was tested by MIA showing 3 potentially positive sera that were later shown to be negative by cVNT.  All tissue samples of 39 rats analyzed tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

Conclusion This is the first study that evaluates SARS-CoV-2 infection in urban rats. We can conclude that the sample of 39 rats had never been infected with SARS-CoV-2. We show that diagnostic serology tests can give misleading results when applied on non-human samples. SARS-CoV-2 monitoring activities should continue due to the emergence of new variants prone to infect Muridae rodents.

Biorxiv preprint





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** This post was originally published on March 8, 2021 **