Pets can catch viruses from owners

According to a small study released on Friday, cat and dog owners suffering from Kovid-19 can pass on their disease to their feline and dog companions.

Cat wearing collared shirt: There is little evidence that pets play an important role in spreading the virus

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There is little evidence that pets play an important role in spreading the virus

The new coronavirus is a “zoonotic” infection – meaning it has jumped from animals to humans – and while there is little indication that pets play a major role in spreading the virus, there is growing evidence that cats There can be dogs, and even tigers.

In the latest preliminary research, which has not been peer reviewed, veterinary science experts in Canada tested the pets of a group of people with a confirmed Kovid-19 diagnosis.

In the first group, they took swabs from 17 cats, 18 dogs and a ferret, whose owners were diagnosed within two weeks. These were all negative for the current disease, except for one unclear result.

They then gave blood antibody tests to eight cats and 10 dogs, whose owners were outside the two-week window, compared to control samples taken from similar animals before the epidemic.

Results in cats indicated the presence of IgG or IgM antibodies in four (50 percent) and three (38 percent), respectively, while two dogs also tested positive (20 percent).

All cats and dogs with antibodies were shown signs of respiratory or other disease at the same time as their owners.

Study co-author Dorothia Bylengal stated, “While eligible participant numbers were limited by relatively low human transmission rates in the study area, these preliminary results suggest that there is not enough of pets in people’s homes with COVID-19 Ratio. ” Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

Independent experts commenting on the research, which will be presented later this month at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases conference, said the sample size was too small to make broad conclusions and pet owners were not concerned needed.

Sally Cutler, a professor of medical microbiology at the University of East London, said there was not enough evidence to warrant attempting to separate people from their animals.

“Pets can be a source of comfort for humans, especially when unwell,” she said, not yet demonstrated whether pets can be a source of human infection.

Domestic cats and dogs from Europe to the US have tested positive for the virus during the epidemic, while in April the New York’s Bronx Zoo said a tiger caught the virus, probably from an asymptomatic caretaker.

The World Health Organization has said that it was unclear whether infected animals pose a threat to humans.

However, outbreaks in mink fields, like ferrets, have increased transmission concerns in humans.

At least two farm workers in the Netherlands were found infected with Kovid-19 in May, most likely from mink, with the WHO saying they may be “the first known cases of animal-to-human transmission”.

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