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COVID-19 confirmed in deer in New Brunswick; first case in an animal in Atlantic Canada

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Environment Canada has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in an animal in Atlantic Canada.

The federal agency says the virus was detected in a free-ranging white-tailed deer in the Saint John region of New Brunswick.

Environment Canada has reported 56 cases of COVID-19 involving animals, including 13 pets, 40 wild animals and three mink farms, in six different provinces since the start of the pandemic.

Most cases have been reported in white-tailed deer and cats. A dog in Ontario and three mink farms in British Columbia have also been affected by the virus during the pandemic.

Environment Canada has broken down confirmed COVID-19 cases in animals by province in an online dashboard:

  • British Columbia: four pets, three mink farms and 12 wild animals
  • Saskatchewan: four wild animals
  • Manitoba: three wild animals
  • Ontario: five pets and 17 wild animals
  • Quebec: four pets and three wild animals
  • New Brunswick: one wild animal

While animals can be infected with COVID-19, Environment Canada noted it remains “largely a disease of human concern” that “typically spreads from human to human.”

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