UK sees its first case of COVID-19 in animals after a pet cat was infected by the coronavirus. It is being said that it caught COVID-19 from its owners. With growing numbers of pets catching coronavirus, the studies related to the transmission of COVID-19 from humans to animals and vice versa has been intensified. Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) laboratory in Weybridge, Surrey is where the tests were done and it was confirmed that the cat has been tested positive for coronavirus on July 22. The first confirmed case of an animal infection with the coronavirus in the UK was initially diagnosed with feline herpes virus, a common cat respiratory infection by a private vet.
Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England (PHE), said to HT: “This is the first case of a domestic cat testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK but should not be a cause for alarm. The investigation into this case suggests that the infection was spread from humans to animals, and not the other way round.”
“At this time, there is no evidence that pets can transmit the disease to humans. In line with the general advice on fighting coronavirus, you should wash your hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals.” The case has been reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health in line with international agreements. Here Are Other Times Pets Were Diagnosed With COVID-19:
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