A cat belonging to a household within the Spanish area of Catalonia examined constructive for the novel coronavirus, the professor who carried out an post-mortem on the pet mentioned on Friday. It didn’t die from the virus, nonetheless, however from a pre-existing respiratory situation pretty frequent amongst cats, mentioned Professor Joaquim Segales of Catalonia’s Animal Well being Analysis Centre.
The cat, named Negrito, was the sixth feline to be detected with the illness globally.
It belonged to a family within the Barcelona space the place a number of relations had caught the virus. It was examined for the an infection in a autopsy on April 22 and located to have a low cost.
“The vet who euthanised the cat realised that the animal offered a really grave respiratory pathology and feared it’d endure from COVID-19,” Segales mentioned.
The World Well being Group (WHO) has mentioned all obtainable proof suggests the novel coronavirus originated in animals however it’s not but clear how the virus jumped the species barrier from an intermediate animal host, most certainly a bat, to people.
Human-to-cat transmission dangers are low sufficient as to be non-existent, whereas cat-to-cat transmission can be comparatively inefficient, Segales mentioned.
“The function of the pet within the epidemiology of COVID-19 might be thought-about negigible, with no proof that anybody has caught it from a pet,” Segales mentioned.
“This virus is extraordinarily efficient in person-to-person transmission, however animal-to-person transmissions are nonetheless very distinctive conditions.”
A staff at Harbin Veterinary Analysis Institute in China carried out analysis into home animals’ vulnerability to coronavirus by exposing them to excessive doses of the virus and observing intra-species transmission.
The research discovered that ferrets have been most vulnerable to catching and passing the virus alongside to different ferrets. Cats have been barely much less so, and canine barely so. Pigs, geese, and chickens weren’t vulnerable in any respect.
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