Is SARS-CoV-2 infection in pets more common than we thought?


Sumary of Is SARS-CoV-2 infection in pets more common than we thought?:

  • Between May and October 2020, scientists at the Evandro Chagas National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, recruited 21 patients with confirmed COVID-19 who shared their household with a pet cat or dog..
  • The scientists took nasal, throat, and rectal swabs from the animals during an initial home visit and two further visits around 15 and 30 days later..
  • said Professor James Wood, Ph.D., B.Vet.Med, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the current study..
  • They attribute this to their repeated sampling over a period of around a month, as opposed to a single sample collection in the other studies….

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