Corona Virus: Affecting Animals


Corona viruses are positive sense RNA virus belonging to the Coronaviridae family, which are further subdivided into four genera, the alpha, beta, gamma, and delta coronaviruses. Infectious bronchitis virus and SARS-CoV belongs to beta group of coronaviridae family. Infectious bronchitis virus causes respiratory and nephritic signs that includes tracheal rales, urate crystals, lethargy and nasal discharge. In livestock and pets, the corona virus infection causes mostly gastrointestinal lesions. This viral infection can be prevented through administration of vaccine. Recently outbreak SARS-CoV-2 also known as COVID-19 also reported in some pets mostly cats. However, there is no any signs of transmission from pets to humans.

Author(s): Sachin Subedi

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