“The laboratories of the National Veterinary Service (NVS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the confirmation of SARS-CoV-2… in a domestic ferret in Florida. This is the first domestic ferret with a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 virus in the United States,” the Ministry of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said in a statement.
It is reported that the animal showed symptoms of the disease: coughing and sneezing. Experts took biological samples from a supposedly coronavirus-infected domestic ferret and confirmed the presence of COVID-19 in its body. It is assumed that the ferret was infected with COVID-19 from a person.
Earlier, it was reported that the American Oakland (California) zoo began to vaccinate its inhabitants with an experimental vaccine against coronavirus from the Zoetis company. The American pharmaceutical company Zoetis develops vaccines and other drugs designed specifically for animals.
It was later reported that employees of New England zoos in the United States began vaccinating animal species susceptible to COVID-19 with the same company’s vaccine. The vaccine was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture “for experimental use,” depending on each specific case.