By Steve Cowan
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was first detected in deer, the US Department of Agriculture reported.
“The National Laboratories of the Veterinary Service (NVSL) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in wild white-tailed deer in the state of Ohio,” the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement.
It is emphasized that we are talking about the first deer in the world to have the virus confirmed. As the ministry added, coronavirus cases were registered in the world “among a small number of animal species,” mainly these were animals that came into contact with people with COVID-19.
“Based on the available information, the risk of transmission of the virus from animals to humans is considered low,” the statement says.