Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses named for the crown-like spike proteins on their surface. Coronaviruses cause disease in humans and animals, often circulating among camels, cats, and bats. Ferrets are susceptible to infection by the SARS coronavirus (SARS-COv-1), but pathogenicity and host susceptibility can differ based on the viral infective dose and laboratory SARS coronavirus strain. Studies are ongoing to investigate the respiratory pathology and transmission of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in experimental ferrets.
Dr. Tom Donnelly currently works at the French National Veterinary School in Paris where he is a Research Professor and co-service head of the exotic animal service. Tom is the author of over 100 scientific and clinical publications, including chapters in “Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents: Clinical Medicine Surgery” and co-editor of “Veterinary Clinical Advisor: Birds and Exotic Pets.”