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FAO: Meat products unlikely to transmit COVID-19

by | Jul 31, 2020

ROME — It’s extremely unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 through exposure to poultry and other livestock or the handling or consumption of animal carcasses, finds a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Contact with livestock, namely live pigs and poultry is extremely unlikely to occur is extremely unlikely to result.The exposure of humans or animals to COVID-19.
However, the report did note that additional research on the susceptibility of cows, rabbits, horses, sheep and goats to the virus was needed. Sufficiently heat-treated animal products that were free from contamination — as well as raw products from poultry, pigs and aquatic animals — were also considered to only have a negligible risk of transmitting the disease.
FAO plans to continue research into the ways COVID-19 can spread between some animals.
Up to 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases worldwide — including coronaviruses — are zoonotic, which means that they can infect people and animals.
In the case of COVID-19, the virus probably originated in bats, although an intermediary animal may have also played a role in transmitting the virus to humans, scientists say.
“The FAO encourages public health, veterinary and wildlife authorities, and forestry and natural resources management to work closely together with a One Health approach to investigate SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) transmission between animals and humans, provided conditions and resources allow,” the report said.

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