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Scientists discover a likely case of Covid-19 jumping from deer to human

Scientists in Canada have found a highly mutated version of the novel coronavirus in white-tailed deer, one that may have also infected a person in the southwestern Ontario region. It could become the first known case of deer to human transmission once confirmed.

The yet-to-be peer-reviewed study has been published in the preprint server bioRxiv. The researchers last year analysed as many as 300 samples from white-tailed deer in Southwestern and Eastern Ontario.

17 of the total samples collected from the deer turned out to be positive for the virus. The scientists later found out that a person residing in southwestern Ontario has also been infected with a similar strain and had close contact with deer.

However, they could not find any other human samples that had the presence of this strain. “Had it been circulating widely in humans, even narrowly in humans, I think we would have picked it up,” Samira Mubareka, one of the authors of the paper.