COVID-19

If coronaviruses have the ability to cross species can my dog be affected by COVID -19?

To date there are two known cases of dogs testing positive to the COVID-19 virus. Both cases occurred in Hong Kong, and the affected dogs had close exposure to their owners who were positive for COVID-19. This is believed to be an example of human to dog transmission (5).

 

At no point did the dogs show any symptoms of the disease (8). 

 

It should be noted that no infectious virus was isolated from the dogs (9). There is no evidence to suggest that animals infected by humans are playing a role in the spread of COVID-19. Human outbreaks are by person to person contact (5).

References:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=115&v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature=emb_title 26/03/20

  2. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 30/03/20

  3. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200311-sitrep-51-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=1ba62e57_1029/03/20

  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lesson 1: Introduction to epidemiology. Section 11: Epidemic disease occurrence. Level of disease. Updated May 18, 2012 26/03/20

  5. https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/ 29/03/20

  6. Raina K. Plowright et al. Pathways to zoonotic spillover Nat Rev Microbiol. 2017; 15(8): 502–510.  Published online 2017 May 30. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro.2017. 

  7. Andersen, K.G., Rambaut, A., Lipkin, W.I. et al. The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2. Nat Med (2020). 17 March 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0820-9

  8. https://www.afcd.gov.hk/english/publications/publications_press/pr2346.html?mod=article_inline 29/03/20

  9. AVA email communication 28/03.20 : COVID-19: Report of human transmission to pet cat in Belgium.

  10. AVA Client information sheet COVID-19 and companion animals 18/03/20

  11. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-measures 29/03/20

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