Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Chickens are not susceptible to the novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

First results of studies conducted at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut 9 April, 2020

Whether SARS-CoV-2 can also infect other animal species is being investigated by various research institutes worldwide. The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) started infection studies in pigs, chickens, fruit bats, and ferrets several weeks ago. First results show that fruit bats and ferrets are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, whereas pigs and chickens are not.
The susceptibility of ferrets in particular is an important finding, as they could be used as model animals for human infection to test vaccines or drugs.
Ferrets are a good model for humans for other respiratory infections, especially those caused by influenza viruses.