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A Chinese study: Dozens of mammals may be infected with Corona, including horses and dolphins



Chinese researchers analyzed animal cells in the laboratory to identify ACE2 receptors, which are structures on the surface of cells to which the Corona virus binds, and they found that the virus has the ability to infect a wide range of mammalian hosts, and they discovered that gorillas, sperm whales, rhinos, horses, goats and hamsters can all be infected with a virus Corona.


According to a report by the British newspaper "Daily Mail", a new study revealed that dozens of mammals, including horses, dolphins and goats, could be infected with the virus after Chinese researchers analyzed animal cells in the laboratory to determine which ones contain ACE2 receptors that facilitate infection.


Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 receptors have a shape that matches the outward shape of the Corona virus, which provides it with an effective entry into the bloodstream, and the team's results revealed that 44 species of mammals other than humans, including pets, livestock, and animals in zoos and aquariums have the ACE2 receptor Among them, gorillas, sperm whales, rhinos, horses, cats, goats, hamsters, cattle, giant pandas, and leopards, all of which may be infected with the Corona virus, experts say.


The study indicates that the Corona virus may be spread much more widely than previously thought, and the authors say: “We have found that the Corona virus has the ability to infect a wide range of mammalian hosts, including pets, pets, livestock and animals that are usually found in Zoos and aquariums, and these species may be at risk of transmitting the Corona virus from person to animal or from animal to animal.


Bats are widely believed to be the natural reservoir for zoonotic diseases of the Coronavirus, however, experts warn that the host's range of the virus and the intermediate hosts that facilitate its transmission to humans remains unknown.


And researchers from University College London (UCL) have already found that animals in zoos and farms can also be infected with the Corona virus, a total of 28 species have been identified as vulnerable to infection with corona, including squirrel, cows, sheep, donkeys, mongooses, polar bear, pandas and wild yaks, as part From their studies.

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