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Infected wild animals, a first in the country

Three deer in Quebec were recently infected with the Covid-19. These are the first cases of coronavirus spotted in a wild species in Canada, the federal government announced on Wednesday.

The cases have been confirmed by the National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Environment Department said in a statement. Recent reports have already proven that in the United States, Covid-19 has been transmitted from humans to wild Quebec deer (also called white-tailed deer).

The OIE informed in early December

Conversely, no case of transmission from deer to humans has been detected. The infected deer live in the forests of Estrie, a region of Quebec bordering Vermont and Maine (United States). All were “apparently in good health” and “showed no clinical signs of the disease,” said the Canadian Ministry of the Environment.

Samples taken from game in early November have detected the disease. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) was informed on Wednesday. Since the start of the pandemic, Covid-19 has affected several species on the planet, including farmed mink, pets and animals living in zoos.

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