Pigs and poultry are immune to the coronavirus but there are susceptible species

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“The current covid-19 pandemic is being sustained through human-to-human transmission. Animal infections with SARS-CoV-2 have been reported by several countries, with several animal species proven to be susceptible to SARS-CoV- infection. 2 naturally or by experimental infection “, reads a document released today by the DGAV, supported by technical guidelines from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

In this information, DGAV noted that, according to experimental studies, pigs and birds are not susceptible to infection, noting that further studies are needed to understand how different animal species can be affected by the virus.

For this directorate-general “it is important to monitor infections in animals” to understand the impact on animal, human health and biodiversity.

However, DGAV stressed that epidemiological assessments, studies and investigations “do not suggest that live animals or animal products play any role in infection” by SARS-CoV-2.

The species with a high susceptibility to experimental infection are ferrets, Egyptian fruit bat, golden Syrian hamsters and monkeys.

Domestic cats, in turn, have a high susceptibility to experimental or natural infection, while tigers, lions, mink and mink show a high vulnerability to natural infection.

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