SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Animals: Reservoirs for Reverse Zoonosis and Models for Study



Prince, Tessa ORCID: 0000-0002-8796-2629, Smith, Shirley L, Radford, Alan D ORCID: 0000-0002-4590-1334, Solomon, Tom ORCID: 0000-0001-7266-6547, Hughes, Grant L and Patterson, Edward I
(2021) SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Animals: Reservoirs for Reverse Zoonosis and Models for Study. Viruses, 13 (3). 494 - 494.

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Abstract

<jats:p>The recent SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has brought many questions over the origin of the virus, the threat it poses to animals both in the wild and captivity, and the risks of a permanent viral reservoir developing in animals. Animal experiments have shown that a variety of animals can become infected with the virus. While coronaviruses have been known to infect animals for decades, the true intermediate host of the virus has not been identified, with no cases of SARS-CoV-2 in wild animals. The screening of wild, farmed, and domesticated animals is necessary to help us understand the virus and its origins and prevent future outbreaks of both COVID-19 and other diseases. There is intriguing evidence that farmed mink infections (acquired from humans) have led to infection of other farm workers in turn, with a recent outbreak of a mink variant in humans in Denmark. A thorough examination of the current knowledge and evidence of the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to infect different animal species is therefore vital to evaluate the threat of animal to human transmission and reverse zoonosis.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2021 08:29
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2022 04:10
DOI: 10.3390/v13030494
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/v13030494
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3118167