COVID-19

What about cats, can they be affected by COVID-19?

On 27th March 2020 a pet cat in Belgium, whose owner was infected with the COVID-19 virus also tested positive for the virus. The cat was reported to have vomiting, diarrhoea and respiratory signs (9). Similarity on 31st March 2020, a cat in Hong Kong also tested positive for the virus but did not show any clinical signs. The owner of this cat was also positive with the COVID-19 virus (12).

Human to animal transmission is still exceedingly rare. 4000 dogs and cats were tested from Canada, USA and EU including areas with high numbers of human COVID-19 cases and all samples have been negative to date (9).

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

  12. https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202003/31/P2020033100717.htm?_cldee=c3VzYW5uYUBkcnN1emVteXZpc2l0aW5ndmV0LmNvbS5hdQ%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-e23f11698768e911a820000d3ad0a55e-f0b52a38ecca4f13a59f45d2db2cc63f&esid=846c5335-ea75-ea11-a82c-000d3ad1b063 7/04/20

     

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