A cat tested positive for coronavirus has become the first infected domestic animal in the UK.
Tests confirmed the contamination
Health authorities at United Kingdom announced on Monday July 27 that a cat is tested positive for Covid-19, RTL reports.
Christine middlemiss, UK chief veterinarian said “tests, carried out last week by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) at our laboratory in Surrey, near London, confirmed the feline was contaminated.”
No evidence that animals transmit the disease
According to Yvonne doyle, medical director of public health in England, this is the first case of cat household tested positive for Covid-19, at United Kingdom. “But that shouldn’t be a cause for concern, as there was no evidence that animals can transmit the disease to humans,” she said.
They recover in a few days
The first elements of the health investigation indicated that the contamination took place from the master to the cat, according to the director. At first, the vet diagnosed feline herpesvirus, but a sample, later tested, at coronavirus tested positive. “This is a very rare event and animals infected to date show only mild clinical signs, then recover within a few days,” reassured Christine middlemiss.
Around the world, cases of contamination in companion animals have already been mentioned elsewhere in Europe, the United States and Asia.
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