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.
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.

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