White-tailed deer on Staten Island have become the first wild animals with documented Omicron infections.
The researchers also found that one deer with Omicron already had a high level of antibodies to the virus, suggesting that it may have been previously infected.
New York Times report
UPDATE 1: 20th February 2022
Preprint: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) infection of white-tailed deer
USA: White tailed deer positive for Sars-CoV-2 in New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania
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** This post was originally published on February 9, 2022 **