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FLI: chickens not susceptible to novel coronavirus

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INSEL RIEMS, Germany — With SARS-CoV-2, a novel zoonotic coronavirus originally believed to have originated from bats occurred in humans in China several months ago, subsequently leading to a pandemic. Whether SARS-CoV-2 can also infect other animal species is being investigated by various research institutes worldwide.

The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) started infection studies in chickens, pigs, fruit bats and ferrets. First results show that fruit bats and ferrets are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, whereas pigs and chickens are not. The susceptibility of ferrets in particular is an important finding, as they could be used. . .

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