Two beavers died in Mongolia from coronavirus. These are the first fatal cases of COVID-19 in the country among animals. This was reported on September 15 by the General Department of Veterinary Services of Mongolia.
“Two beavers died under mysterious circumstances in our country last month, and the results of laboratory tests showed that COVID-19 was the cause of the deaths,” the agency’s expert Adiyasuren Tuvshinbayar told Xinhua News Agency.
As clarified by the National Center for Zoonotic Diseases (NCZD) of Mongolia, the dead beavers were kept in the beaver breeding center under the Department of Environment of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. In addition, seven other beavers at the center tested positive for COVID-19.
It is assumed that the beavers could have picked up the coronavirus from the ranchers. The other sick animals have managed to be cured.
Earlier, on August 27, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the world’s first cases of coronavirus infection in wild deer. The agency’s specialists confirmed the coronavirus in white-tailed deer in Ohio.