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Coronavirus: A Pet Cat Tested Positive for Covid 19 in UK

A pet cat  in UK confirmed with Covid 19 positive. According to the British Ministry of the Environment, the cat was infected with the corona virus from its owners, according to "all available evidence".

The ministry said the cat and humans were fully recovered and would not be transmitted to other animals or household members.

"This is the first case of Covid 19 being confirmed for a pet in the UK, but there is no need to worry," said Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England.

"The investigation in this case indicates that the infection has spread from humans to animals, and there is no other way," Doyle added.

The government said the infection was confirmed in a lab test on Wednesday. There is no evidence that cats can transmit the virus to humans.
The case has been reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health in line with international commitments, the government confirmed.

It added there have been "a very small number of confirmed cases in pets in other countries" in Europe, North America and Asia.

Professor Margaret Hosie from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research was part of the team that led research into the cat.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says cats are the most susceptible animals to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and can transmit it to other cats.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it will investigate the possibility of human-to-human transmission from cats, but said the risk was lower than that of pets.

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