COVID-19: Experimental infection of fruit bats, ferrets, pigs and chicken with SARS-CoV-2 at Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut

FLI COVID-19-Team:; Balkema-Buschmann, Anne GND; Beer, Martin GND; Breithaupt, Angele GND; Graaf, Annika; Groschup, Martin H. GND; Grund, Christian GND; Harder, Timm C. GND; Hoffmann, Donata GND; Mettenleiter, Thomas C. GND; Rissmann, Melanie GND; Schlottau, Kore GND; Schön, Jacob GND

Recent work at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) in Germany reviewed SARS-CoV-2, a recently emerged zoonotic pathogen. Researchers examined susceptibility of fruit bats, ferrets, pigs, and chickens. In the report summary, FLI reported pigs and chickens could not be productively infected by SARS-CoV-2 under the experimental conditions used in their work. The study also shows virus replication in ferrets resembles the situation of a mild human infection. Consequently, ferrets might serve as a useful model for further studies.

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FLI COVID-19-Team: / Balkema-Buschmann, Anne / Beer, Martin / et al: COVID-19: Experimental infection of fruit bats, ferrets, pigs and chicken with SARS-CoV-2 at Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut. 2020.

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