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  • Texas A&M Research Uncovers First Known COVID-19 UK Variant In Animals


    MARCH 15, 2021
    By Jennifer Gauntt, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

    The United Kingdom variant (B.1.1.7) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been detected for the first time in a dog and a cat from the same household in Brazos County, Texas, as part of a study led by researchers at Texas A&M University.

    The first reported finding of the B.1.1.7 human variant virus in any animal worldwide, this detection of the UK variant in animals in a natural household setting reinforces the importance of having procedures in place to monitor the SARS-CoV-2 viral genome as it crosses species barriers, giving specialists both insight and time to study potential new variants before they spread through animal or human populations.

    https://today.tamu.edu/2021/03/15/te...nt-in-animals/
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