Bronx Zoo tigers and lions caught Covid-19 in April 2020. In the months after these startling diagnosis, researchers and veterinarians detected SARS-CoV-2 in almost a dozen different animals,
in captive and in the wild. How does the coronavirus spread so quickly? This affects human and animal health.
More than a dozen species are affected. Few species and animals have been examined, therefore infections may be widespread. This affects health. Animals may transmit coronavirus and cause mutations.
31 species are vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2, according to experts and veterinary diagnostic laboratories. Nonhuman primates, ferrets, deer mice, hyenas, wood
rats, striped skunks, and red foxes are also vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Only white-tailed deer and mink carry the virus in the wild.
Mink is the only mammal that seems to develop clinical illness. Even healthy animals may spread the virus to one other and to humans