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Scientists urge more studies of coronavirus in animals

Mink infected with the novel coronavirus at fur farms in the Netherlands probably caught it from their human handlers, according to the Dutch government, and more than a half-million mink have since been culled to keep the animals from becoming viral reservoirs. Broad surveillance of pets, livestock and wildlife is needed to determine susceptibility, scientists at University College London wrote in a commentary in The Lancet Microbe, and some studies are underway.

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