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Breaking news: First UK cat tests positive for C-19, but there’s no reason to panic

Breaking news: First UK cat tests positive for C-19, but there’s no reason to panic cat-wow
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This case, which is both rare and mild, serves as a reminder that it’s important to stay cautious but also to remain calm when it comes to the virus and our pets.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 27/07/2020, 15:55, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

The cat in question was originally diagnosed with feline herpes, for which the symptoms also include respiratory infection.

An unexpected diagnosis

However, just as a precaution, the cat was later tested at a lab in Surrey. And the results, to the owner’s astonishment, came back positive for SARS-CoV2, also known as Covid-19.

The results were sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health, and the cat quickly made a full recovery. In fact, he only showed mild symptoms, as most animals do when they contract the virus.

A very uncommon occurrence

It is thought that the cat may have caught the virus from its owners, who had previously tested positive for it. These cases are extremely rare and cannot yet scientifically prove that the virus is transmissible directly between humans and animals. Additionally, there is no evidence that domestic animals can transmit the virus to humans.

In the meantime, it’ll cost you nothing to be cautious. Wash your hands regularly, especially if you’ve stroked someone else’s pet, and if you’re sick, keep your outdoor cat inside or arrange for someone else to care for your cat/dog until you recover.

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