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WHO forms group to probe COVID origin

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust wildlife health and zoonotic disease to the forefront. Yet researchers are still unsure where the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease, originated. It’s been a controversial question that has divided

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Wild deer contract coronavirus

Deer are contracting the novel coronavirus in the wild, according to a recent USDA-APHIS study in preprint. Researchers found antibodies to SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans—in 40% of wild white-tailed deer sampled in

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Do pathogens bioaccumulate in top predators?

Cougars, top predators with a wide-ranging palate, have been known to prey on bobcats and domestic cats when their regular ungulate prey isn’t available. Jennifer Malmberg, an assistant professor and veterinary pathologist at the Un­iversity

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Coronaviruses increase in captive animals

Wildlife markets instigate the spread of coronaviruses among captive animals destined for human consumption, according to new research conducted on field rats. Researchers tested field rats (Rattus argentiventer) in southern Vietnam, where they are popular

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How bats live with coronaviruses

Bats have evolved an intrinsic immunity to coronaviruses that stops them from getting sick, though they still carry the disease. New research shows that the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS —