- Cats are also transmitted by the emerging coronavirus

Cats are also transmitted by the emerging coronavirus


A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on May 13 showed that cats can easily get infected with the SARS Cove 2 virus that causes Covid 19, and even transmit the infection between them.

Just as the virus is transmitted between humans through contact with sneezing and saliva spray, according to a study conducted by scientists from the United States and Japan, cats also become infected with the virus after exposure to people or other cats carrying the "SARS-Cove 2" virus.

Scientists exposed three cats to the SARS-Cove 2 virus isolated from a human patient. The next day, they took a swab from the nasal passages of the cats, enabling them to detect the virus in two of these cats. On the third day, they discovered the virus in the three cats.

To test the ability of these cats to transmit infection between them, scientists have inserted a new cat into the cage of each of the first three cats.

The researchers took daily nasal and rectal swabs to determine the infection of the new cat. Within two days, one of the new cats - who had not previously been infected - had contracted the virus.

Within six days, all cats were infected with the virus, and positive results for the virus appeared in only nasal swabs without rectal swabs.

Absence of pathological symptoms,
and although the cats remained infected with the virus in the nasal passages for six days, they did not show any signs of disease and the virus was not fatal. In the end, the cats were able to get rid of the virus.

About this discovery, the site "Medical Express" quoted the leader of this study and professor of virology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Medicine American Yoshihiro Kawaoka as saying "This was a great discovery for us, as none of these cats showed any symptoms."

On the seriousness of this matter, the participant in this study adds, Peter Havman, saying, "People should be careful about this issue. If one of them isolates himself for fear of passing the disease on to his children and his wife, he should also worry about the animals being infected with it."

So researchers advise people with symptoms of corona to avoid contact with cats. They also advise pet kittens to keep their pets indoors, to reduce their cat's contact with other people and animals.

Although scientists are concerned about animal health, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe that "there is no justification for taking special measures against acquired animals that may harm their care."

This may be true, as humans remain the greatest risk to each other about transmission of the virus. There is no evidence that cats pass the virus back to humans, nor are there any documented cases in which a person develops "Covid 19" because of contact with cats.

However, there are confirmed cases of infection of cats after close contact with humans carrying the virus, which was proven when many large cats in the Bronx Zoo showed that they were infected with the virus.

Recommendations for the protection of cats
Many institutions are currently working on developing special recommendations related to pets, especially if they or their owners are infected with the "Covid 19" disease.

"Animal welfare organizations are working very hard in light of this current crisis to preserve human and animal ties, as well as preserve pets with their collectors," said Sandra Newberry, director of Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sandra Newberry.

"Of course it is a difficult time for everyone, which makes people more in need of rest and support than ever before, which is what pets provide them with."

Hence, the animals' owners must "take them into account when planning and preparing for emergency situations, including providing two-week supplies of food and medicines, as well as prepare to provide the animal with the necessary care if the need arises to put it in quarantine due to disease," says the Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs. The same university is Ruthan Chun.
                                                                               Source: Al-Jazeer

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