Next Article in Journal
Prospects of and Barriers to the Development of Epitope-Based Vaccines against Human Metapneumovirus
Previous Article in Journal
Identification of lncRNAs Involved in PCV2 Infection of PK-15 Cells
Open AccessCommentary

Are Animals a Neglected Transmission Route of SARS-CoV-2?

Microbiology Division, Faculty of Science, University of Burgos, Plaza Misael Bañuelos s/n, 09001 Burgos, Spain
Clinical Microbiology Department, Hospital Universitario del Río Hortega, C/Dulzaina 2, 47012 Valladolid, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Pathogens 2020, 9(6), 480;
Received: 20 May 2020 / Revised: 11 June 2020 / Accepted: 16 June 2020 / Published: 18 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Human Pathogens)
Little information on the SARS-CoV-2 virus in animals is available to date. Whereas no one husbandry animal case has been reported to date, which would have significant implications in food safety, companion animals play a role in COVID-19 epidemiology that opens up new questions. There is evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can infect felines, dogs and minks, and there is evidence of human-to-animal infection. Likewise, the S protein nucleotide sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus isolated in domestic animals and humans is identical, and the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 in cats is efficient. Besides, the epidemiological evidence for this current pandemic indicates that the spillover to humans was associated with close contact between man and exotic animals, very probably in Chinese wet markets, thus there is a growing general consensus that the exotic animal markets, should be strictly regulated. The examination of these findings and the particular role of animals in COVID-19 should be carefully analyzed in order to establish preparation and containment measures. Animal management and epidemiological surveillance must be also considered for COVID-19 control, and it can open up new questions regarding COVID-19 epidemiology and the role that animals play in it. View Full-Text
Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Food Safety; One Health; epidemiology; neglected route SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; Food Safety; One Health; epidemiology; neglected route
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Hernández, M.; Abad, D.; Eiros, J.M.; Rodríguez-Lázaro, D. Are Animals a Neglected Transmission Route of SARS-CoV-2? Pathogens 2020, 9, 480.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Search more from Scilit
Back to TopTop