Scientists in the UK have discovered proof that people contaminated with SARS-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus, can transmit it to cats. Researchers from the College of Glasgow when screening the nation’s feline inhabitants recognized two such circumstances of cats contracting the virus from their contaminated house owners.
The cats within the research didn’t dwell in the identical family and weren’t of the identical breed. Each developed gentle to extreme respiratory signs not lengthy after their house owners developed signs as effectively.
One cat, a ragdoll kitten, was euthanized after its situation deteriorated. An examination of the feline’s lungs postmortem discovered harm that was according to viral pneumonia in addition to a SARS-CoV-2 an infection.
One other cat, a 6-year-old Siamese, additionally developed signs of the novel virus after its proprietor examined optimistic. That cat solely had solely gentle signs consisting of nasal discharge and conjunctivitis, and later recovered.
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The research, which was printed within the Veterinary Document on Thursday, bolsters present proof that people can cross the novel illness to cats. Separate research have additionally discovered that canine may also contract the virus from their house owners. There have additionally been cases of unique animals akin to tigers and otters contaminated with the virus, seemingly contracting it from contaminated human caretakers at zoos.
Although researchers have mentioned that animals don’t play a major position in spreading the virus to people, the research’s lead creator highlighted the significance of additional analysis on this subject.
“These two circumstances of human-to-animal transmission, discovered within the feline inhabitants within the UK, exhibit why it is crucial that we enhance our understanding of animal Sars-CoV-2 an infection,” mentioned Professor Margaret Hosie with the College of Glasgow’s Centre for Virus Analysis, per the Guardian. “Presently, animal-to-human transmission represents a comparatively low danger to public well being in areas the place human-to-human transmission stays excessive. Nevertheless, as human circumstances lower, the prospect of transmission amongst animals turns into more and more essential as a possible supply of Sars-CoV-2 reintroduction to people.
“It’s due to this fact essential to enhance our understanding of whether or not uncovered animals may play any position in transmission,” she added.
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Certainly: “These findings point out that human-to-cat transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurred through the COVID-19 pandemic within the UK, with the contaminated cats growing gentle or extreme respiratory illness. Given the flexibility of the brand new coronavirus to contaminate completely different species, it will likely be essential to observe for human-to-cat, cat-to-cat and cat-to-human transmission,” the research authors concluded.
Given the rising quantity of proof that people can infect pets with the novel virus, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration in June launched a video to assist contaminated house owners discover ways to maintain their furry mates secure from COVID-19.