The Infection Of Cats With The Covid-19 Virus Was Confirmed In The United States
Tests of two domestic cats in the US state of New York have tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19, the Associated Press reports.
Officials from the Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the cats had mild respiratory symptoms. It is assumed that the animals contracted the virus from people in their homes or surroundings.
According to the Agency, the owner of one of the cats was ill with SARS about a week before his animal became ill. The owner of the second cat was confirmed to have a COVID-19. It is noted that he has another cat that does not have symptoms of the disease.
In early April, several tigers and lions at the Bronx zoo in New York City were diagnosed with COVID-19. Also, Chinese scientists found antibodies to the coronavirus in 102 cats in Wuhan, China.
Although the coronavirus appears to be transmitted from humans to animals, scientists have no evidence that animals can transmit it to humans.
"We don't want people to panic. We don't want people to be afraid of Pets. There is no evidence that Pets play a role in the spread of this disease among people," said Casey Barton Behravesh, a CDC official.
At the same time, an official from the Ministry of agriculture, Jane Rooney, told the Agency that with a limited number of available tests for coronavirus, it is recommended to test Pets only in cases where it is known that they have come into contact with an infected person or show symptoms of the disease.
Officials also recommended that all pet owners with the new type of coronavirus avoid close contact and wear masks while caring for them.