COVID-19 found in Canadian wildlife – .

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COVID-19 found in Canadian wildlife – .


OTTAWA – The first cases of COVID-19 in Canadian wildlife have been discovered in three white-tailed deer, according to a press release from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The National Center for Exotic Animal Diseases confirmed the detections on November 29, but the deer were sampled between November 6 and 8 in the Estrie region of Quebec. The deer showed no clinical signs of disease and were “all apparently healthy”.

“As this is the first detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife in Canada, information on the impacts and spread of the virus in wild deer populations is currently limited,” the press release said.

“The discovery underscores the importance of ongoing surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife to increase our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 on the human-animal interface. “

The World Organization for Animal Health was notified of the discovery on December 1.

The department is urging additional precautions – such as wearing a properly fitted mask – when exposed to “deer respiratory tissue and fluids.”

The virus has been found in several animal species around the world, including farmed mink, cats, dogs, ferrets, and zoo animals such as tigers, lions, gorillas, cougars, otters and others.

“Recent reports in the United States have revealed evidence of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to wild white-tailed deer, with further spread of the virus among deer. There has been no known transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from deer to humans at this time, ”the statement said.

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