Pet Cat is the first animal in the UK to receive Covid-19 after it got the virus from its owners
A pet cat is the first animal in the UK to be diagnosed with Covid-19. This was announced today.
Health bosses believe that the cat caught the corona virus from its owners and "not the other way around".
Officials have not given any information about what breed of cat it is or who its owners are.
But they showed that both the cat and its owners have recovered completely since then – and there was no transmission to other animals or people in the household.
It is not the first time that an animal has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 in humans.
A 17-year-old Pomeranian who lives in Hong Kong died shortly after it was confirmed that he had the infection.
Health bosses believe that the cat caught the corona virus from its owners and not the other way round (inventory)
The infection was confirmed last Wednesday after tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge.
Health officials said there was no evidence that the animal was involved in transmitting the disease to its owners.
And they added that there is also no evidence that pets or other pets can transmit the virus to humans.
Public Health England's advice is that people need to wash their hands regularly, even before and after contact with animals.
Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer, said: “Animal and phytosanitary tests have confirmed that the virus responsible for Covid-19 has been detected in a pet cat in England.
& # 39; This is a very rare event in which infected animals have so far shown only mild clinical symptoms and have recovered within a few days.
“There is no evidence that pets transmit the virus directly to humans. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will update our guidelines for pet owners if the situation changes. & # 39;
Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: “The pet cat was originally diagnosed by a private veterinarian with cat herpes virus, a common respiratory infection in cats. However, the sample was also tested as part of a research program on SARS-CoV-2.
"Follow-up samples tested at the APHA laboratory in Weybridge confirmed that the cat was also co-infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus known to cause Covid-19 in humans."
The case was reported to the World Animal Health Organization in accordance with international commitments.
There have been very few confirmed cases of pets in other countries in Europe, North America and Asia.
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