Pet cat a 'confirmed' COVID-19 animal patient in UK

By Rajan Nath -- July 28, 2020 2:07 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

While coronavirus cases have been rising across the globe, the UK has reported the first COVID-19 case in an animal, a report suggested.

Detected in a pet cat, coronavirus was confirmed following the tests conducted at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge on July 22, Xinhua news agency reported.

UK's Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said that there is "no evidence to suggest that pets directly transmit the virus to humans." He added that it will continue to monitor the situation closely."

As per the available evidence, the cat has contracted the coronavirus from its owners who had previously tested positive for the virus, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs stated.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that the cat and its owners have made a full recovery and that there was no transmission to other animals or household members. Middlemiss also said that this is in a rare event that an infected animal detected with only mild symptoms and recover within a few days.

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The President of the British Veterinary Association, Daniella Dos Santos gave advice to pet owners who have Covid-19 to restrict contact with their pets as a precautionary measure. Santos added that the owners who are confirmed or suspected to have coronavirus should keep their cat indoors if possible, but only if the cat is happy to be kept indoors. He also noted that some of the cats cannot stay indoors due to stress-related medical reasons."

-PTC News