Three wild deer infected with Covid are confirmed in Canada
The first cases of coronavirus in the wild have been confirmed in Canada. The National Center for Animal Diseases said three wild deer turned out to be infected from samples collected on animals in early November in Quebec's Estrie region along the border with the United States.
"All three deer had no clinical signs of disease and were all well," the agency said in a statement.
The World Organization for Animal Health was notified on December 1, and authorities called for the immediate use of masks around wild deer as they continue to monitor how the virus could affect Canadian wildlife.
The virus has previously infected many species of animals around the world, including pets such as cats, dogs, and zoo animals.
Recently in the US evidence of Covid spread from humans to white-tailed deer was reported, but there has been no transmission from wild deer to humans.