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Animals Have The Risk Of Transmitting Coronavirus Infection

News Link: Animals Have The Risk Of Transmitting Coronavirus Infection – By MK (Editor)

Even as coronavirus vaccination to humans has just started globally, scientists say that pets may also need to be innoculated against Covid-19. An action may needed to curb the spread of the virus.

According to a report in Independent, experts from the University of East Anglia (UEA), have said in a statement. It is a Norwich-based research facility the Earlham Institute and University of Minnesota . Coronavirus can infect a wide range of species including cats, dogs, mink and other domesticated species.

In an editorial for the journal Virulence, they warned the world. The continued evolution of the virus in animals followed by transmission to humans is happening. It poses a significant long-term risk to public health.

“It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might be necessary to curb the spread of the infection,” the report quoted their journal.

While dogs and cats can contract coronavirus, there are no known cases in which there has been spillback to humans.

“It makes sense to develop vaccines for pets, for domestic animals, just as a precaution to reduce this risk.” Said Cock van Oosterhout, professor of evolutionary genetics at UEA.

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News Link: Animals Have The Risk Of Transmitting Coronavirus Infection – By MK (Editor)

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