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Video: The Cat Contracted COVID-19 For The First Time. What You Need To Know
The cat contracted COVID-19 for the first time. What you need to know
In Belgium, veterinarians have discovered a new coronavirus in a cat for the first time. It is believed that the pet was infected from the owner, who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 a week earlier.
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Veterinarians first discovered a new coronavirus in a cat, it happened in Belgium. It is believed that the pet was infected from the owner, who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 a week earlier. This was reported on Friday, March 27, by The Brusseles Times.
Veterinarians tested the cat for coronavirus after the animal developed symptoms, including difficulty breathing, diarrhea, and vomiting. The virus was found in the feces of a cat.
This is the first known case of a cat infected with the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Previously, the media reported two cases of infection of dogs in Hong Kong. One of these dogs died after returning from quarantine.
What the experts say
The Belgian National Council for the Protection of Animals reacted to the incident:
"Animals are not currently active participants in the spread of the epidemic, so you should not leave your animals," he said in a statement. But the organization recommends washing your hands after handling animals.
“We want to emphasize that this is an isolated case. And in this case we are assuming human infection of the animal, not the other way around,”Professor Steven Van Gucht said at a press conference with the Belgian Federal Public Health System.
No known cases of transmission of the novel coronavirus from pets to humans have been reported to the Huffington Post by Jane Sykes, chief veterinarian at the University of California, Davis. According to her, cats and dogs may be a "dead end" in the spread of the new coronavirus. This means they can become infected, but they do not shed the virus in sufficient quantities to infect humans or other animals. Sykes makes the remark that there is not enough information right now to say for sure whether such transmission of the virus is possible.
“Hearing about an infected cat is not surprising,” says Sykes. She recalled that during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, cats and ferrets could be infected with a similar coronavirus. But even then, no evidence was found that people can get infected from pets.
What recommendations are there
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published concise guidelines for those with pets. They were last updated on March 27th. The organization indicates that it is necessary:
· Wash hands after contact with animals, their food, waste after them;
· Monitor the good hygiene of the animals themselves, keep them clean;
· Take animals to the veterinarian if questions arise about their health.
For those with COVID-19 or suspected illness, the CDC recommends limiting contact with animals, just like with humans. It is better if a healthy person looks after the cat or dog.
An infected person must wash their hands if they intend to interact with an animal. The CDC points out that when contact is limited, you should stop stroking, hugging and kissing the animal, and you should stop sharing food with it.
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