Antibodies to Omicron found in US wild deer

(ORDO NEWS) — Experts from around the world are worried that new mutations of the coronavirus may occur among animals and then they will be transmitted further.

In turn, American experts have found that wild deer have antibodies that help them when infected with a new strain of coronavirus Omicron. The study was conducted by staff at the University of Pennsylvania.

In order to obtain the necessary results, the experts randomly tested 131 white-tailed deer. Animals live in the Staten Island area. After all the samples were carefully studied, antibodies to the coronavirus were found in 19 deer.

In addition, some of the animals were infected with a new variant, Omicron. Scientists are worried that the situation may worsen, because there is a risk that new mutations will begin to appear among animals, and then they will be transmitted back to humans.

Experts noted that the study demonstrated that deer can become infected with Omicron, so they need to be carefully monitored. Due to this, it will be possible to notice the risk to a person in time and possible mutations that may occur in the future.

It is worth noting that this study was conducted from mid-December 2021 to January 31, 2022. It was during this period that an incredibly large number of cases of infection were recorded in the United States due to the fact that Omicron began to actively spread.

Omicron is a new strain that appeared in late autumn 2021 in South Africa and then began to spread around the world. This variant of coronavirus is highly infectious, but, as numerous practice shows, it is much easier for patients to tolerate, and the risk of death is much lower than in the case of other strains.

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