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Pets & COVID-19 in the news

Two more mink farms found to have COVID-19, 9 May 2020.

  • Two more mink farms in the Netherlands are found to have animals who are testing positive for Coronavirus. It is not believed that all transmission of COVID-19 to these animals is human to mink. Minks are also thoughts to spread it to each other. Precautions are being taken to prevent greater spread of the virus at this time. The pneumonia minks are found to get with COVID-19 is seen most commonly in pregnant animals. 

Cat in Paris tests positive for COVID-19, 3 May 2020.

  • The Alfort veterinary school in Val-de-Marne confirmed the first cat to test positive in France was in Paris. The cat is believed to have caught the virus from its owner. 

Mink farms in the Netherlands found to have COVID-19

  • Two mink farms in the Netherlands have COVID-19 animals. The virus was detected when animals showed respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms. It is thought the mink had contact with infected farm staff. One farm has 13,000 mink and the other has 7,000. Many roads have been closed and no products have left the farms to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Mink found infected with COVID-19 at two Dutch fur farms; areas now closed to public, 26 Apr 2020.

  • Mink tested positive at two mink farms in the southern region of the Netherlands. Farms have been closed and roads near the farm are shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Animals are thought to have been infected by staff who had were positive for COVID-19.

WSAVA reassure pet owners “No evidence that COVID-19 can be contracted from pets,” 20 Mar 2020.

Seven more big cats test positive for coronavirus at Bronx Zoo, 24 Apr 2020.

  • Zoo confirms four more tigers and three lions have the virus.

Two cats in Orange, New York test positive, 22 Apr 2020.

Confirmation of COVID-19 in two pet cats in New York, 22 Apr 2020.

  • USDA confirms COVID-19 in domestic cats.

Two cats in NY become first US pets to test positive for virus, 22 Apr 2020.

  • Two pet cats in New York state have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed cases in companion animals in the United States.

Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus, 5 Apr 2020.

  • A 4-year-old Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo tests positive for COVID-19 after 6 tigers and 1 lion started getting sick on 3/27. It is believed that these animals were infected by a zoo employee who was not showing any symptoms.

German press release on experiments on ferrets, pigs, and chickens, 2 Apr 2020.

  • The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Germany tested ferrets, pigs, and chickens after inoculating them with SARS-CoV-2 intranasally. They found that ferrets were easily infected with the coronavirus and were able to transmit it to other animals. Pigs and chickens were less susceptible to the virus. Ferrets may represent an animal model for transmission.

Coronavirus: Belgium reaches 7,284 confirmed cases, 27 Mar 2020.

  • The veterinary medicine faculty in Liège reported a cat found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2. The cat was living with an infected person who started showing symptoms 1 week before the cat. The transmission is believed to be from human to animal.

WSAVA reassure pet owners “No evidence that COVID-19 can be contracted from pets,” 20 Mar 2020.

Coronavirus and your dog: No need to panic yet, 5 Mar 2020. 

  • Published after a dog in Hong Kong was identified as positive for SARS-CoV-2. This was believed to be through human to animal transmission and pet owners, per this article, do not need to take extra precautions. They recommend hand hygiene and normal care of one’spet.

COVID-positive animals: Human to animal transmission