United Kingdom: a cat positive for the novel coronavirus for the first time

Royaume-Uni: un chat positif au nouveau coronavirus pour la première fois

London | An cat reported positive to the new coronavirus became the first domestic animal that is contaminated in the Uk, announced Monday the health authorities, stressing that there was “no evidence” that it can transmit the disease to humans.

Tests carried out last week by the Agency of the animal and plant health (Apha) in his laboratory in Surrey, near London, confirmed the contamination of the feline, has announced Christine Middlemiss, chief veterinary officer uk.

“This is the first case in the Uk domestic cat and declared positive, the COVID-19, but it should not be a source of concern,” responded Yvonne Doyle, medical director at public health England, highlighting that “there was no evidence that animals can transmit the disease to human beings”.

According to the first elements of the sanitary survey, “the contamination took place from the master to the cat,” she added.

The cat had first been diagnosed by a veterinarian as suffering from the herpes virus, or feline, but a sample tested by the result of the COVID-19 was positive.

A few cases of contamination in pets have already been confirmed elsewhere in Europe, the United States and Asia.

“It is a very rare event and animals contaminated to this day exhibit only clinical signs mild, and then recover in a few days,” reassured Christine Middlemiss.

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