Domestic Cat Tests Positive For COVID-19 Virus
The UK government has revealed that a domestic cat has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The news was announced on the government website after Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss confirmed the diagnosis.
“A Very Rare Event”
“Tests conducted by the Animal and Plant Health Agency have confirmed that the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been detected in a pet cat in England,” said Middlemiss.
“This is a very rare event with infected animals detected to date only showing mild clinical signs and recovering within a few days.”
“There is no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will update our guidance to pet owners should the situation change.”
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COVID-19 Virus & Animals
Earlier this year, a companion dog was separated from his human in Hong Kong after testing positive for the disease.
The Pomeranian was checked after his owner Yvonne Chow Hau Yee was diagnosed with the disease. It was revealed that the dog’s nose and mouth were swabbed, providing a “weak positive” result.
Speaking on the new cat case, the Medical Director of Public Health England Yvonne Doyle has reassured the public that there is no cause for alarm.
“From Humans To Animals”
“The investigation into this case suggests the infection was spread from humans to animals, and not the other way round,” said Doyle.
“At this time, there is no evidence that pets can transmit the disease to humans.”
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