Study: Rat-borne coronavirus could pose zoonotic threat


Rodents carry or are reservoirs for zoonotic pathogens including Western equine encephalitis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis and hepatitis E cowpox viruses, and a review in Viruses warns that rat-borne Sialodacryoadenitis virus is also a potential zoonotic threat. SDAV is a coronavirus that is prone to mutation and has the ability to infect a variety of cell types, and as rats are common in human environments, more attention to the zoonotic potential of SDAV is needed, the authors wrote.

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