COVID found in three deer in Quebec – .

COVID found in three deer in Quebec – .

For the first time, the COVID-19 virus has been detected in Canadian wildlife.
Environment Canada says the virus was detected late last month in three wild white-tailed deer in Quebec.

The department says the deer all appeared healthy and showed no clinical signs of COVID-19.

The discovery follows recent reports of the virus being spread among white-tailed deer in the United States.

There has so far been no known transmission of COVID-19 from deer to humans and Environment Canada says it remains “largely a disease of concern to humans and generally spreads from human to human. human “.

Still, until more is known, he says anyone exposed to respiratory tissue and deer fluids should wear a properly fitted mask and avoid splashing fluids as much as possible.

COVID-19 has infected several species of animals, including dogs, cats, farmed mink and zoo animals. But this is the first time in Canada that it has spread in wildlife.

Deer from the Estrie region of Quebec were sampled from November 6 to 8. The National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases confirmed the virus in three of them on Monday. The World Organization for Animal Health was informed on Wednesday.

“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,” Environment Canada said in a statement. press release Wednesday.

“This finding underscores the importance of continued monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife to increase our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 on the human-animal interface. “

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 1, 2021.


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