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Volume 27, Number 7—July 2021
Research Letter

Natural SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Kept Ferrets, Spain

Christian GortázarComments to Author , Sandra Barroso-Arévalo, Elisa Ferreras-Colino, Julio Isla, Gabriela de la Fuente, Belén Rivera, Lucas Domínguez, José de la Fuente, and José M. Sánchez-Vizcaíno
Author affiliations: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Universidad de Castilla–La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain (C. Gortázar, E. Ferreras-Colino, J. de la Fuente); Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain (S. Barroso-Arévalo, B. Rivera, L. Domínguez, J.M. Sánchez-Vizcaíno); Sabiotec, Ciudad Real (J. Isla, G. de la Fuente); Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA (J. de la Fuente)

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Kept ferrets testing qRT-PCR–positive for SARS-CoV-2, by sample type, Spain*

Animal ID Sample type Lowest Ct value†
Ferret 1 G1-H6 Rectal swab 34.5
Ferret 2 G1-H17 Nasal swab 37.29
Ferret 3 G2-H5 Nasal swab 35.38
Ferret 4 G5-H11 Nasal swab 39.83
Ferret 5 G7-H7 Nasal swab 30.59
Ferret 6 G7-H9 Nasal swab 38.91

*Ct, cycle threshold; qRT-PCR, quantitative reverse-transcription PCR; SARS-CoV-2, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. †A Ct cutoff of 40 was used. A result was considered positive for SARS-CoV-2 when the sample showed a positive qRT-PCR result for >2 of the 3 analyzed targets.

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