New analysis supplies proof that individuals have transmitted SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to cats through the pandemic within the UK. The examine, which is printed in Veterinary File, detected the virus final yr in cats that developed gentle or extreme respiratory illness.
Investigators used a variety of laboratory methods to indicate that two home cats from households with suspected instances of COVID-19 have been contaminated with SARS-CoV-2.
“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 displaying gentle or extreme respiratory illness. Given the flexibility of the coronavirus to contaminate companion animals, it will likely be vital to observe for human-to-cat, cat-to-cat and cat-to-human transmission,” mentioned lead creator Margaret Hosie, PhD, of the MRC-College of Glasgow Centre for Virus Analysis.
Reference: “Detection of SARS‐CoV‐2 in respiratory samples from cats within the UK related to human‐to‐cat transmission” by Margaret J. Hosie, Ilaria Epifano, Vanessa Herder, Richard J. Orton, Andrew Stevenson, Natasha Johnson, Emma MacDonald, Daybreak Dunbar, Michael McDonald, Fiona Howie, Bryn Tennant, Darcy Herrity, Ana Da Silva Filipe, Daniel G. Streicker, the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, Brian J. Willett, Pablo R. Murcia, Ruth F. Jarrett, David L. Robertson and William Weir, 22 April 2021, Veterinary File.