White-tailed deer are one of the few wild species that scientists have found to be infected with the coronavirus – at least so far.
Scientists have been testing captive and wild animals for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Only a few wild species are known to carry the virus, but many more have been shown to be susceptible.
White raccoon dogs are prized for their unusual fur.
In China, the wildlife trade is thriving, driven by the increased demands for luxury goods and traditional medicine. But there is real concern about the threat of diseases that can cross over to humans.
It’s more evidence a lab leak is very unlikely.
Early results from several studies have found that pets can pick up COVID-19 from their owner – but they are unlikely to be dangerous as a result.
Protests have rocked Yangon in Myanmar in the wake of a military coup on February 1.
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Plus we talk to an American virologist testing wild animals for COVID-19. Listen to episode 2 of The Conversation Weekly podcast.
A wild mink in Utah was the first wild animal in the U.S. found with COVID-19.
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COVID-19 has been found in pets, zoo animals and in a wild mink in Utah. Monitoring wildlife for COVID-19 is important for animals and humans, both of whom face risks from a jumping virus.
Mink can be readily infected with SARS-CoV-2 and then pass the virus to humans.
In the disturbing scenario of human-to-mink-to-human COVID-19 transmission, the virus may mutate in mink prior to re-infecting people. That possibility makes vaccine design even more crucial.
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Denmark orders the cull of all farmed mink after a mutated strain of coronavirus was found in some animals.
Why politicians need to stop playing politics with animals, and start taking their welfare seriously.