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Conclusive proof needed for animal virus reservoirs
  1. Joe Brownlie, emeritus professor
  1. Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
  1. email: jbrownlie{at}

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Recent reports from Hong Kong and China have declared a dog to be infected with Covid-19. It is unsurprising to me that dogs should be infected with a beta coronavirus (the same group of coronaviruses into which Covid-19 is now placed).

In 2003, myself and colleagues discovered a beta coronavirus in dogs during our investigations of an acute respiratory disease outbreak in a rehoming kennel …

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