The six-year-old Siamese cat has become the first animal infected with coronovirus in Britain, just weeks after the US has announced the first infection in two domesticated cats in New York State.
The UK’s Chief Veterinarian Officer confirmed that the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been detected in a pet cat in the UK.
An increasing number of domesticated animals have caught the virus, but relatively few animals have been reported to be infected worldwide.
In April, the US Veterinary Services Laboratories of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Agriculture announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two domesticated cats.
At the same time, a 17-year-old Pomeranian dog died after being cleared of coronavirus in Hong Kong, and a female Malayan tiger tested positive at New York’s Bronx Zoo.
In Britain, the infection was confirmed after testing at the Animal and Plant Health Agency laboratory in Vybridge, Surrey.
Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said: “All available evidence suggests that the cat had contracted coronovirus from its owners who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. The cat and its owners have since made a full recovery Lee is and there was no transmission to other animals or people in the house.
“While this is the first confirmed case of an animal infection with the coronavirus virus in the UK, there is no evidence to suggest that the animal was involved in the transmission of the disease to its owners or in transmitting it to pets or other domestic animals Enable people virus
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The case is reported to the World Health Organization in line with international commitments. Domestication of pets in Europe, North America, and other countries in Asia has been less confirmed.
Experts have warned owners not to kiss their cats, share food or sleep with them. Margaret Hosie, professor of comparative virology at the University of Glasgow, told The Guardian, “Don’t kiss your cat. Don’t put the cat to bed with you and don’t feed with the cat.”
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