Owners of cats and dogs who have COVID-19 should avoid their pets as they can transmit the disease to them.
This is indicated by a study by scientists from Utrecht University (UU) in the Netherlands, the results of which were published by the BBC.
The researchers collected swabs and blood samples from 310 dogs and cats from 196 households, where its members had tested positive for coronavirus in the last 200 days. Six cats and seven dogs (4.2%) tested positive for PCR tests, while 54 animals (17.4%) tested positive for antibodies.Read also The epsilon coronavirus variant appears to be resistant to vaccination
Experts said the findings show that covid is “highly prevalent” in pets whose owners have the disease.
“If you have a covid, you should avoid contact with your cat or dog, as well as with other people,” said Dr. Els Broens of Utrecht University.
She said the concern was not the health of the animals, but the potential risk that pets could act as a reservoir for the virus and reintroduce it into the human population. The authors of the study said that so far there was no evidence of transmission of the virus from the pet to the owner, which they find difficult to detect while the virus is still easily spread among humans.Read also The WHO recommends arthritis drugs for patients with covid
Most infected dogs or cats are asymptomatic or show mild signs of infection. The research conducted by Dr. Broens, presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), has not yet been published in a journal.
Source: Pravda.sk – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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