Spanish scientists develop the first rapid Covid test for pets.
A multidisciplinary team of Spanish researchers Aragon have developed a rapid test for the serological diagnosis against SARS-CoV-2 in pets, which can be easily used on site and without waiting for laboratory results.
MarÃa Dolores PÃ©rez Cabrejas, Professor of Food Technology at the University of Zaragoza Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, was the main researcher of the project.
Financed by Banco Santander.
The Covid-19 Santander-Unizar Technological Innovation Projects Program for 2020, together with the University of Zaragoza and the Office of the Vice Rector for Technology Transfer and Innovation, carried out the research funded by Banco Santander.
The development of this test is the result of the interdisciplinary collaboration of different groups with extensive experience in the development of immunochemical techniques.
To carry out this project, the team also worked with the Aragonese biotechnology company Zeulab, which provided the project with the laboratory equipment for research and development and was involved in the preparation and validation of the prototype of the test that was finally developed.
Pets are just as exposed to the virus as humans.
The University of Zaragoza has indicated that pets living with people with coronavirus are exposed to the virus and the risk of infection from SARS-CoV-2 cannot be ruled out. From an epidemiological point of view, the role that pets can play in this infection is still unknown.
Faced with this lack of information, the researchers wanted to develop specific diagnostic tests for the veterinary field, which is one of the primary goals of the World Organization for Animal Health.
During the research, it was observed that some of the pets living with infected had developed antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.
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