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Information Regarding Animals Susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 Infection

“While SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) spreads mainly from person to person, it can also infect certain susceptible animals. This includes dogs and cats, nondomestic big cats, nonhuman primates, ferrets, and mink, among others. Natural infections have occurred in captive gorillas, Asian small-clawed otters, several big cat species at zoos and sanctuaries, and in farmed mink after being exposed to animal caretakers with COVID-19. Other animals (other nonhuman primates, as well as ferrets, deer mice, white-tailed deer, raccoon dogs, and tree shrews) have shown they are susceptible to infection under laboratory conditions. In addition, SARS-CoV-2 antibodies have been found in some populations of free-ranging white-tailed deer. As research progresses, we continue learning more about if and how SARS-CoV-2 affects different species.”

U. S. D. A. aphis (2021, April). Animal Care Tech note – . Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Retrieved March 17, 2022, from https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/fsc-covid-animals.pdf


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