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Research calms concerns of Covid-19 in animals

Fears of domestic and farm animals being infected by Covid-19 and in turn spreading it further, has led experts to seek answers using existing animal research.

Germany's national institute for animal health, the Friedrich-Löffler-Institut, is conducting infection studies and has so far found that pigs and chickens are not susceptible to coronavirus.

Research from China has shown Covid-19 to not be very infectious in dogs, pigs, chickens and ducks, but ferrets and cats could be readily infected, however there is no evidence that humans can acquire Covid-19 from cats.

In a Q&A on Covid-19, the World Organisation for Animal Health said: “Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that animals infected by humans are playing a role in the spread of Covid-19.”

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