Federal officials have confirmed that two pet cats from New York have tested positive for coronavirus, Fox News reported. The tests were made after the cats experienced what seemed to be mild respiratory problems, and it is thought that they will recover.
It is believed that the virus may have been contracted from humans present in the household or local neighborhoods.
It is worth noting that these are the first cases encountered among animal companions in the US, and the two cats live in different regions of the state. Several tigers and lions from the Bronx Zoo have also tested positive, but the number of animals infected by the disease is low.
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Health authorities have also highlighted the fact that no data may infer that the virus can be transmitted to humans. There is no need to panic or to rush to the vet for a test since, at this point, there is no evidence that signals the potential of an animal to the human infection vector.
CDC officials have stated that pet owners should do their best to prevent interaction with people or animals that are not a part of the household. Testing should only take place if there is concrete proof that the animal may have been exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or feature specific symptoms.
The coronavirus has spread across the world at an impressive rate, and the number of new cases continues to increase every day. More than 2,600,000 million cases have been confirmed officially, and more than 180,000 patients have died.
Lockdown measures have been imposed in a large number of countries and some US states. Still, public unrest has started to become an issue in several cities as groups of people gather to protest against the restrictions. Researchers are hard at work on the elaboration of studies, drugs, and vaccines for coronavirus.