Canada has recorded the first cases of coronavirus in wild animals. White deer have fallen ill with COVID-19, but have not yet noticed symptoms.
Three deer with SARS-CoV-2 have been found in Quebec in the Estrie region. By means of analyzes, the disease in animals was confirmed at the end of November. The World Health Organization (WHO) was informed about this.
“There are no known cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission from deer to humans yet. COVID-19 remains primarily a human disease with typical person-to-person transmission, '' the Canadian Department of Environment and Climate Change said in a statement, writes PAP.
Since the start of the pandemic, various federal Canadian agencies have provincial governments and research institutes have analyzed whether the coronavirus can infect wildlife. It should be noted that cases of infection of cats, dogs and minks are widely known in the world. However, it is not yet known what the consequences of the transmission of COVID will be, for example, to predators that prey on deer.