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.

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Emerging Microbes and Infections
Department of Virology

Mykytyn, A.Z. (Anna Z.), Lamers, M. M., Okba, N., Breugem, T.I. (Tim I.), Schipper, D. (Debby), van den Doel, P., … Haagmans, B. (2021). Susceptibility of rabbits to SARS-CoV-2. Emerging Microbes and Infections, 10(1), 1–7. doi:10.1080/22221751.2020.1868951