It is being investigated by various research institutes worldwide whether the coronavirus, which was originally believed to have originated from bats, can infect other animals. First results by the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut show that neither chickens nor pigs are susceptible.
In the infection studies, the animals were inoculated nasally with SARS-CoV-2 to mimic the natural route of infection in humans. It was examined whether the animals become infected, the pathogen replicates and the animals show symptoms of disease.
Germany’s Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut examined whether chickens can become infected with SARS-CoV-2. Photo: FLI
Under experimental conditions, neither chickens nor pigs were found to be susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2. According to the current state of knowledge, they are not affected by the virus and therefore do not pose a potential risk to human health. The complete evaluation of all test series will take some time and final results are expected at the beginning of May.
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