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Susceptibility of turkeys, chickens and chicken embryos to SARS-CoV-2 virus
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  • Yohannes Berhane,
  • Matthew Suderman,
  • Shawn Babiuk,
  • Brad Pickering
Yohannes Berhane
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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Matthew Suderman
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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Shawn Babiuk
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Brad Pickering
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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Abstract

Susceptibility of turkeys, chickens and chicken embryos to SARS-CoV-2 virus was evaluated by experiment inoculation. Turkeys and chickens were inoculated using a combination of intranasal, oral and ocular routes. Both turkeys and chickens did not develop clinical disease or antibodies to the virus following inoculation. Viral RNA was not detected in oral and cloacal swabs and in tissues using quantitative real-time RT-PCR. In addition, chicken embryos were inoculated using the yolk sac, intravenous, chorioallantoic membrane and allantoic cavity routes did not support replication of the virus. SARS-COV-2 virus does not affect both turkeys and chickens in the current genetic state and does not pose any potential risk to establish in both species of domestic poultry.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

30 Jul 2020Submitted to Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
31 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
31 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
02 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
30 Aug 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
31 Aug 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
12 Sep 20201st Revision Received
14 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
14 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
15 Sep 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned