Kitten Dies After Catching Covid As Study Uncovers More Evid
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Researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland have warned that pets could act as a potential reservoir for Covid-19 after they identified two cases where cats are believed to have contracted the virus from their owners, one of which died, underscoring the need for scientists to improve their understanding of whether pets play a role in infecting humans.

The two cats, which were different breeds and from separate households, were found to have Covid-19 as part of a U.K. screening program and are believed to have contracted the virus from their owners. One cat displayed mild symptoms before recovering but the other, a four-month-old Ragdoll, developed breathing difficulties and was euthanized, the scientists wrote in the study.

There is currently no evidence that cats or other domestic animals can transmit the virus to humans or play a significant role in spreading the disease among humans, the scientists wrote. However, the scientists said domestic animals could possibly act as a “viral reservoir” and lead author Professor Margaret Hosie said it will be “important to monitor” different modes of transmission to better understand the risks

Professor James Wood, who leads the University of Cambridge’s department of veterinary medicine, said the findings of the “high quality study” add to the “body of evidence that humans can infect their pets.” Wood said infected owners should follow advice, where possible, to “try to separate themselves from their animals when they are clinically unwell.”

There have been a number of cats that have tested positive for Covid-19 around the world. The CDC advises owners to treat pets "as you would other human family members" If you must care for a pet while sick, the agency recommends wearing a mask and careful handwashing. Other animals, including mink, dogs, gorillas and tigers, have also been known to be infected.

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https://bvajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/vetr.247
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