A cat appears to have caught the coronavirus, Don't panic
A cat in Belgium seems to have become infected with the coronavirus and may have had COVID-19, the disease that the virus causes. While the case suggests that animals can catch the virus, there is no evidence that felines play a role in spreading the coronavirus, and it’s still unclear how susceptible they are to the disease.
The cat probably picked up the virus, called SARS-CoV-2, from its owner, who fell ill with COVID-19 after traveling to northern Italy. About a week later, the cat started to show signs of illness: respiratory issues, nausea and diarrhea. In lab tests, feces and vomit samples showed high levels of SARS-CoV-2's genetic material.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends taking normal precautions when cleaning litter boxes and feeding animals. If owners are tested positive for COVID-19, they should consider having someone else in the household care for the pet, with a mask on to limit contact around the pet. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has similar recommendations.
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