Two pet cats test positive for COVID-19

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two pet cats in New York City have tested positive for COVID-19. Both cats are also said to have a mild respiratory illness.

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Fortunately, both are expected to fully recover despite the symptoms that they have shown.

The two are from different parts of the state. One of the cats’ pet owners also tested positive for the coronavirus while the other cat lives in a household without confirmed coronavirus cases.  However, the agencies say that it is possible that a member could only be mildly ill or asymptomatic, or the virus was acquired through contact with an infected person outside its home.

New York’s first confirmed coronavirus case among animals is a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo named ‘Nadia’ but it was later reported that three other tigers and three other lions in the same zoo also tested positive.

(Tiger tests positive for new coronavirus)

Nonetheless, the CDC claims that there has not been any evidence yet that animals can transmit coronavirus to humans or have played a role in its spread.

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