No detection of SARS-CoV-2 in animals exposed to infected keepers: results of a COVID-19 surveillance program

Future Sci OA. 2021 Apr 20;7(7):FSO711. doi: 10.2144/fsoa-2021-0038. eCollection 2021 Aug.


SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of the COVID-19 pandemic, has rarely been associated with transmission from humans to animals (reverse zoonotic transmission). In this retrospective study, the authors reviewed data obtained from 236 animals, including buffaloes, goats/sheep, horses, carrier pigeons, rabbits, hens, snakes, pigs and cows that were screened for SARS-CoV-2 infection because they had been in contact with their SARS-CoV-2-positive breeder for at least 2 weeks. None of the tested animals were found to be positive. The authors' findings suggest that the risk of reverse zoonotic transmission among bred animals and SARS-CoV-2-positive breeders is very low or nonexistent. Additional studies are warranted.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; human-to-animal transmission; interspecies transmission; reverse zoonotic transmission.