Virus that causes COVID-19 found in Quebec deer – CBC

Deer appeared healthy, showed no signs of disease, Environment and Climate Change Canada says

Dec 01, 2021

The virus that causes COVID-19 has for the first time been found in wildlife in Canada.

SARS-CoV-2 was found in three white-tailed deer after samples were taken between Nov. 6 and Nov. 8 in the Eastern Townships region in Quebec, Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a news release on Wednesday.

They are the only samples in which the virus was detected out of 156 samples analyzed from Quebec so far.

While Quebec was the first province to collect and submit samples for analysis, the work is continuing across Canada in an effort to monitor the spread of the virus.

Catherine Soos, a specialist in wildlife health with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said the department is anticipating receiving up to 2,700 samples from deer and other cervids in Canada.

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