New England Journal of Medicine – Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Domestic Cats

In this letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers examine the capacity of domestic cats to contract and transmit COVID-19.

 

In this letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers examine the capacity of domestic cats to contract and transmit COVID-19. In the study, domestic cats were infected with the virus and were housed with uninfected cats. Within 5 days, the virus had infected all of the cats. This confirms earlier anecdotes that domestic cats (and even tigers and lions in the Bronx zoo) can become infected with COVID-19 and potentially spread the virus. While more study is needed, this is important for households with cats to be aware as infected animals may not have any appreciable symptoms. More information regarding COVID-19 and pets is available from the CDC here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html

Please click here to see the original Correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

 

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