Cats are silent Coronavirus Vectors?
Cats can become infected according to a recent study easily with the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The animals, however, show no signs of a COVID-19-disease. You might be able to transmit the Virus to other cats.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine showed in laboratory experiments that cats can easily be infected with the novel Virus, SARS-CoV-2. In addition, the Virus seems to be under the cats spread out. The results of the research were recently presented in the prestigious “New England Journal of Medicine”.
Cats can become infected with SARS-CoV-2
In the lab infected the researchers have three cats with the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The Virus was previously isolated from a human patient. Then they put each of an infected animal with an uninfected animal in a cage. After a day the Team showed in two of the previously non-infected animals the Coronavirus in the nasal passages. Three days later, the Virus was present in all cats undetectable. Within six days, all cats lost to the Virus. In the case of rectal no Virus was detected smears.
“This was an important finding for us – the cats had no symptoms,” explains head of research Yoshihiro Kawaoka. The results indicate that cats are able to infect with the Virus, if you encounter sick people or infected cats. The study is based, therefore, a research work was recently presented in the prestigious scientific journal “Science”. There has also been suggested that cats and ferrets with SARS-can be CoV-2 infected and may pass the Virus on.
At COVID-19-diseases of contact with cats avoid
“This is something that should keep the people in mind,” adds Peter helped the man from the study team. In the case of quarantines in the home environment cats could play possibly a role. The researchers advise to avoid contact with the animals, if a cat owner, COVID-19-show symptoms. In addition, the cats should leave the house as long as the holder, or the holder is under quarantine.
Can cats infect people?
Currently, however, there is no evidence or documented cases where the Virus from cats to humans has been transferred, emphasize the researchers. The man remains the greatest risk of infection for other people. “It is much more likely that cats COVID-get 19 of them, than that you get it from a cat,” adds Keith Poulsen, the Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory of Wisconsin.
The veterinary professional deems it safe to pet the cats or play with them. Who was tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, should limit the interactions with the pet, however, prefer to. He advises Cat owners and holders in addition, getting a two-week supply of food and, where appropriate, with medication for the animals in the house at the ready. (vb)