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Natural SARS-CoV-2 infection in kept ferrets, Spain

New article published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) journal.

Abstract: We found SARS-CoV-2 RNA in 6 of 71 ferrets (8.4%) and isolated the virus from one rectal swab. Natural SARS-CoV-2 infection does occur in kept ferrets, at least under circumstances of high viral circulation in the human population. However, small ferret collections are probably unable to maintain prolonged virus circulation.

Christian GortázarSandra Barroso-ArévaloElisa Ferreras-ColinoJulio IslaGabriela de la FuenteBelén RiveraLucas DomínguezJosé de la Fuente and José M. Sánchez-Vizcaíno

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