Young white-tailed deer in the snow
Possible Case of Deer-To-Human SARS-CoV-2 Transmission
Canadian researchers identify a highly mutated variant of the virus in white-tailed deer and link it to a human COVID-19 case in the region—though they emphasize that the infection risk to people is low.
ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, Gunther Fraulob
Possible Case of Deer-To-Human SARS-CoV-2 Transmission
Possible Case of Deer-To-Human SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

Canadian researchers identify a highly mutated variant of the virus in white-tailed deer and link it to a human COVID-19 case in the region—though they emphasize that the infection risk to people is low.

Canadian researchers identify a highly mutated variant of the virus in white-tailed deer and link it to a human COVID-19 case in the region—though they emphasize that the infection risk to people is low.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, Gunther Fraulob

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Researchers Detect Coronavirus in Iowa Deer
Chloe Tenn | Nov 3, 2021
Multiple white tailed deer tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 likely transmitted from humans, a study finds, indicating the species could act as a reservoir for the virus.
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Marburg Virus Disease Detected in West Africa for First Time
Shawna Williams | Aug 10, 2021
The finding of the Ebola-like disease, which killed a man in Guinea, has prompted public health measures.
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Two New Coronaviruses Make the Leap into Humans
Amanda Heidt | May 20, 2021
Two viruses from dogs and pigs were isolated from human patients, but neither was proven to cause severe disease or to transmit to other people.
Illustration of a coronavirus
COVID-19’s Origins Need Further Investigation, Say Scientists
Catherine Offord | May 14, 2021
A letter signed by 18 researchers argues that hypotheses about zoonotic spillover or accidental lab release both “remain viable” in the absence of additional evidence.
Q&A: New Tool Ranks Viruses by Their Risk of Jumping to Humans
Jef Akst | Apr 9, 2021
Researchers involved in a long-term project to identify viruses of concern have now assessed the risk factors that could help forecast which pathogens are the most likely to spillover from wildlife to people.