Careful!!! Dogs and cats can take Covid from their owners.
According to a study published in the Veterinary Record, pets can be infected with the alpha version of COVID-19. It is the detected variant
for the first time in the south-east of England (called the British variant or strain B.1.1.7). This variant quickly surpassed the other pre-existing variants (which circulated in England) due to its increased transmissibility and infectivity.
The study described the first identification of the SARS-CoV-2 alpha variant in domestic animals. Thus, two cats and one dog tested positive for RT-PCR, while two other cats and one dog showed antibodies two to six weeks after developing signs of heart disease (myocarditis).
Dogs and cats can take Covid
from their masters
“Our study reports, in fact, the first cases of cats and dogs affected by the alpha version of COVID-19 and highlights, more than ever, the risk of pets becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 from their owners.” said Dr. Luca Ferasin, lead author of the Ralph Veterinary Reference Center in the United Kingdom.
The study also shows that many of the owners of these pets, in turn, developed respiratory symptoms just a few weeks before their pets became ill.
They came out
also positive for RT-PCR tests for COVID-19.
“Transmission takes place from humans to pets, rather than the other way around”
The common denominator of all pets included in the study was that they had an acute onset of heart disease, including severe myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle).
“We also reported atypical clinical manifestations characterized by severe heart abnormalities. Which is actually a well-known complication in people with COVID-19, but was never described in pets before our study.
However, COVID-19 infection in pets remains a relatively rare condition.
Based on our observations, it seems that the transmission takes place from humans to pets, rather than vice versa “, the researcher also showed, according to the quoted source, taken over by DCMedical.
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