Causes Or Cures

The First Potential Case of Deer to Human COVID-19 transmission & Unique Mutations in Deer Viral Samples

April 23, 2022 Dr. Eeks/ Dr. Pickering Episode 100
Causes Or Cures
The First Potential Case of Deer to Human COVID-19 transmission & Unique Mutations in Deer Viral Samples
Show Notes

In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Brad Pickering about COVID-19 spillover from humans into other animals, particularly his work on viral spillover into white-tailed deer in Canada, as well as the case he and his team discovered that might be the first, identifiable case of deer to human transmission of the virus. He will discuss the unique mutations in the deer viral samples, the potential first case of deer to human transmission (how it was identified and how it might have occurred), vaccine effectiveness against the deer viral samples and what this potential spillover and spillback might mean for managing the COVID-19 virus going forward.
Dr. Pickering is the head of the Special Pathogens Unit at the National Center for Foreign Animal Disease for the Canadian Government. You can read his study here.
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