List of Pets Infected By Coronavirus (Cats, Dogs)

So far, there are no indications that the virus can be transmitted from a pet to humans. Worldwide, it has been highly exceptional for the virus to pass from human to animal. So far, only four cases where the pet has been infected by humans are known across the world. It concerns two dogs in Hong Kong, a tiger in New York and a cat in Belgium. Both dogs did not show any signs of disease, but the cat has respiratory and digestive disorders, according to the Federal Food Agency.

List of Pets Infected By Coronavirus

The coronavirus at the center of the current pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, is incredibly successful at spreading from human to human. As of early April -- just four months after it was first detected -- the virus had infected over 1 million people and spread to over 180 countries.

It turns out that SARS-CoV-2 can hijack animal cells, too. Scientists believe the disease originated in Chinese horseshoe bats before it jumped into an intermediary animal and, from there, found its way into humans. The virus is able to inject itself into cells by binding to a cell surface protein known as ACE2, which is present in many species of animal.

1. The first dog found with coronavirus has died after returning home virus-free from quarantine, Hong Kong authorities reveal

Pets Affected By COVID-19

The first dog in the world to be found with the new coronavirus died on Monday, 18th of March, 2020 after testing negative for the disease and returning home, according to Hong Kong’s animal welfare authority. The 17-year-old Pomeranian, which belonged to a now-recovered Covid-19 patient, had been under mandatory quarantine at a government facility since February 26, and returned home on Saturday.

2. A Belgian cat infected by owner

The cat lived with its owner, who started showing symptoms of the virus a week before the cat did,” said professor Steven Van Gucht.

A Belgian cat infected by owner

The animal lived in close contact with its owner, and started showing symptoms a week after its owner did. “The cat had diarrhoea, kept vomiting and had breathing difficulties. The researchers found the virus in the cat’s faces,” he added. They did not say whether the cat was still alive.

3. Tiger at the Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Tiger at the Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

A 4-year-old tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to a statement by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Three more tigers and three lions have developed a dry cough and are suspected cases. It is the first known confirmed case of COVID-19 in a tiger.

"Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19" the statement reads. "We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world's continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus."

4. A second pet dog in Hong Kong has repeatedly tested positive for the Covid-19 virus after its owner was confirmed as being infected, the government said.

A second pet dog in Hong Kong has repeatedly tested positive for the Covid-19 virus

According to a Bloomberg report, the German Shepherd living in the Pok Fu Lam area on Hong Kong Island was sent for quarantine along with another mixed-breed dog from the same residence, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said in a statement.

“No positive results were obtained from the mixed-breed dog and neither dog has shown any signs of disease,” it said. “The department will continue to closely monitor both dogs and conduct repeated tests on the animals.”


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