Study Finds Deer May Be Reservoir for SARS-CoV-2
“This is the first direct evidence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in any free-living species, and our findings have important implications for the ecology and long-term persistence of the virus,” said Penn State University associate director for the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory Suresh Kuchipudi.
In this new study, the team examined nearly 300 samples collected from deer across the state of Iowa during the peak of human COVID-19 infection in 2020. Research supported by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, read this Penn State article.