Veterinarians began offering coronavirus tests for PETS in Germany, and warned cats that were most likely to be infected
- Scientists in Berlin are conducting PCR tests similar to those conducted on humans
- A virus expert at the Free University of Berlin said, cats appeared to be more vulnerable
- The researchers found no evidence that pets can spread the virus to humans
German vet offers coronavirus tests for cats and dogs after virologists find they are susceptible to disease.
Scientists at the Free University at Berlin is conducting a PCR test similar to that carried out on humans to detect whether Covid-19 has spread to pets.
A virologist says cats appear to be more vulnerable than dogs and can be ‘carriers’. However, no cases have been reported that humans are infected by their pets.
The Belgian government announced the first case of an infected cat last month, and the second was later reported in Hong Kong.
While Germany is moving to animal testing, other countries including Britain are still far behind to test humans. Germany tests around 70,000 people per day, while only 13,069 are tested in England, Scotland and Wales on Sunday.
Veterinarians in Germany offer coronavirus tests for cats and dogs, after virologists warn that cats are very vulnerable (image file)
Virology Professor Klaus Osterrieder said there were signs that the virus could be transmitted from humans to pets, but not vice versa.
“It seems that the virus can be transmitted from humans to pets under natural conditions,” he said.
‘There is growing evidence that cats are especially vulnerable to viruses.
“Research carried out so far shows that cats are more likely to be carriers of the virus than dogs.”
In addition to tests on throat swabs, Berlin researchers offer further tests that can analyze the virus in more detail.
Free University researchers say so far there is no evidence to suggest that infected cats or dogs can transmit the disease to humans.
It has been echoed by scientists around the world, including in Belgium where a cat was revealed to have tested positive last month.
Belgian officials said it was an “isolated case”, confirming that the virus had spread from humans to dogs.
“The cat has diarrhea, continues to vomit and has difficulty breathing. Researchers found the virus in cat feces, ‘said the country’s top virus expert at the time.
Yvonne Chow Hau Yee is the owner of a dog (group photo) who died after contracting the corona virus in Hong Kong
Last week, authorities in Hong Kong announced another cat infection after the owner was also positive.
Hong Kong has previously seen two dog infections, the first being pomeranian belonging to a 60-year-old virus patient.
The agriculture department said the case was “possibly a case of transmission from humans to animals”.
The dog later died after being released from quarantine, officials said.
The second infected dog is a German shepherd who lives in the Pok Fu Lam area on Hong Kong Island.
The pet is sent to quarantine along with mixed breed dogs from the same residence.
“We have no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread Covid-19,” said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This virus is believed to originate from wild animals, but it is still unclear how the virus is transmitted to humans.
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