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    Posted: March 16 2021 at 4:19pm

Texas A&M Today: Texas A&M Research Uncovers First Known COVID-19 UK Variant In Animals https://today.tamu.edu/2021/03/15/texas-am-research-uncovers-first-known-covid-19-uk-variant-in-animals/

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carbon20 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 16 2021 at 9:22pm

Good find,

That is extremely worrying......


Take care all 😷😉

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Quite a high percentage (13+%) of animals in the study tested positive.  As Carbon commented this is of concern


Quote More than 450 animals living in the Brazos County area have been tested in the Texas A&M study since June 2020, all of which lived in a household where at least one human family member tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the more than 60 animals confirmed with SARS-CoV-2 infection

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carbon20 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 17 2021 at 1:31am

The obvious concern is if this virus starts circulating in animal hosts,we will never see the end of it ......

I cast my mind back to Wuhan last year , people throwing cats off high rises....

What did they know ....

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Some of the new coronavirus variants can cause COVID-19 in mice, researchers have found.

The implications, such as whether mice could then transmit the virus to humans, will require further study, they said. The original virus strain identified in Wuhan, China, could not produce illness in mice because the spikes on its surface could not bind well to the ACE2 receptor protein on the animals’ cells.

https://arynews.tv/en/coronavirus-variants-mice-infection/

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This is wild. The B.1.351 and P.1 variants infect and replicate in mice without the need for human ACE2! These mutations are not only enhancing transmission and antibody evasion but expanding host range. Work by . (via )


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DJ-This is proberbly terrible news...[url]http://www.thebigwobble.org/2021/03/proliferation-of-animal-pests-rat.html[/url] or http://www.thebigwobble.org/2021/03/proliferation-of-animal-pests-rat.html If (some) mice (and rats ?) can get infected with some variants they-very likely-soon may become able to spread the virus (via droppings/urine ?) 

Of course you need "proof" but this may be a "bad scenario"....

DJ-It is unclear how MERS-Corona virus gets from camels into humans-how much "action" is needed. (Drinking camel milk is a way to get infected-but do camels spread the virus via their upper respitory system ? Very likely...can mice spread the Covid19 variants-possibly-spread via their upper respitory system ????) 

[url]https://flutrackers.com/forum/forum/internet-communication/avian-flu-diary/910377-covid-variant-b-1-1-7-companion-animals[/url] or https://flutrackers.com/forum/forum/internet-communication/avian-flu-diary/910377-covid-variant-b-1-1-7-companion-animals ;

Slightly less reassuring is a preprint article - published on Thursday in BioRxiv - that documents myocarditis in B.1.1.7 infected pets in the UK. As always, the caveat applies that this is not a peer-reviewed study.


The authors report an abrupt increase (1.4% to 12.8%) in domestic dogs and cats presenting with myocarditis at a large veterinary clinic on the outskirts of London between December 2020 and February 2021, a timespan which corresponds with the rise of COVID B.1.1.7 in the UK.

While there appears to be a correlation between the B.1.1.7 variant and these cases of myocarditis, causality has yet to be proven. It is, however, an interesting finding.

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Just over a month ago, in EID Journal: SARS-CoV-2 Exposure in Escaped Mink, Utah, USAwe looked at a report on the investigation into the possible spillover of the virus from Utah farms into local wildlife that was both reassuring and concerning at the same time.


Reassuring because there was no evidence of the establishment of SARS-CoV-2 in nearby wildlife, but concerning because 11 presumed `escaped' mink, living near the farms, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

Meaning there were opportunities for a spillover into wildlife to occur, even though none appeared to have taken hold in this instance.While the news regarding the susceptibility of farmed livestock to SARS-COV-2 has been generally reassuring, the potential for more spillovers can't be ignored, particularly as new variants emerge.

DJ-It looks like variants may become a problem in non-human hosts.

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It is bad news (Having other host species is a prerequisite for slate wipers) but not unexpected.

We keep pulling the trigger.  Russian roulette can only go on for a short while.

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