Susceptibility of rabbits to SARS-CoV-2

Anna Z Mykytyn, Mart M Lamers, Nisreen M A Okba, Tim I Breugem, Debby Schipper, Petra B van den Doel, Peter van Run, Geert van Amerongen, Leon de Waal, Marion P G Koopmans, Koert J Stittelaar, Judith M A van den Brand, Bart L Haagmans

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Transmission of severe acute respiratory coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) between livestock and humans is a potential public health concern. We demonstrate the susceptibility of rabbits to SARS-CoV-2, which excrete infectious virus from the nose and throat upon experimental inoculation. Therefore, investigations on the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in farmed rabbits should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages7
JournalEmerging Microbes and Infections
Issue number1
Early online date23 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Rabbit
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • coronavirus
  • susceptibility
  • transmission


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