First Known Cat Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Belgium


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According to a report from The Brussels Times, an owner reportedly passed on the coronavirus to their cat in Belgium. 

The cat, from Liège province, lives in close contact with its owner, who displayed symptoms a week before the cat did. The cat has suffered from diarrhea, consistent vomiting and had breathing difficulties. The cat’s current condition was not revealed. 

Currently, there has been no existing evidence that pets can pass on the coronavirus to their owners. 

“We want to stress that this is an isolated case,” said professor Steven Van Gucht. “Additionally, in this case, we are talking about a human-to-animal transmission, not the other way around. There are no indications that this is common. The risk of animal-to-human transmission is very small.”

 

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