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SARS-CoV-2 and Arthropods: A Review

Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
Biosecurity Research Institute, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Academic Editor: Nikos Vasilakis
Viruses 2022, 14(5), 985;
Received: 2 April 2022 / Revised: 29 April 2022 / Accepted: 4 May 2022 / Published: 7 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Virus-Vector Interactions)
The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) that led to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic exemplifies how a lack of understanding and preparedness for emerging viruses can result in consequences on a global scale. Statements that SARS-CoV-2 could not be transmitted by arthropod vectors were made without experimental support. Here we review laboratory-based research, field studies, and environmental studies to evaluate the potential for the virus to be transmitted either biologically or mechanically by arthropods. Based on these data, we conclude that transmission by arthropods is highly unlikely to play a significant epidemiological role in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. View Full-Text
Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; arthropods; mosquitoes SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; arthropods; mosquitoes
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Higgs, S.; Huang, Y.-J.S.; Hettenbach, S.M.; Vanlandingham, D.L. SARS-CoV-2 and Arthropods: A Review. Viruses 2022, 14, 985.

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Higgs S, Huang Y-JS, Hettenbach SM, Vanlandingham DL. SARS-CoV-2 and Arthropods: A Review. Viruses. 2022; 14(5):985.

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Higgs, Stephen, Yan-Jang S. Huang, Susan M. Hettenbach, and Dana L. Vanlandingham. 2022. "SARS-CoV-2 and Arthropods: A Review" Viruses 14, no. 5: 985.

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