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An­i­mals ‘at risk from coro­n­avirus’

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Dozens of an­i­mals may be vul­ner­a­ble to Sars-cov-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19 – a study has sug­gested.

Re­searchers be­lieve 26 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing pigs, horses and rab­bits reg­u­larly in con­tact with peo­ple, may be sus­cep­ti­ble to in­fec­tion.

Univer­sity Col­lege London sci­en­tists in­ves­ti­gated how the virus’s spike protein in­ter­acts with the protein it at­taches to when it in­fects peo­ple and con­sid­ered whether dif­fer­ences in the protein of 215 dif­fer­ent an­i­mals made them less likely to be in­fected.

The study, pub­lished in Sci­en­tific Re­ports, sug­gested that in some an­i­mals, such as sheep and great apes, the pro­teins would bind as strongly as they do when the virus in­fects peo­ple.

While some of the an­i­mals have not yet been stud­ied with in­fec­tion tests, the study found that most birds, fish and rep­tiles did not ap­pear to be at risk, while the ma­jor­ity of mam­mals re­viewed could po­ten­tially be in­fected.

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