Cat in UK becomes first animal to test COVID positive

London: The UK has recorded the nation’s 1st affirmed COVID-19 complaint in an animal, as per the nation’s Chief Veterinary Official Christine Middlemiss.

The infection, sensed in a pet cat, has been affirmed following tests in the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge on Jul 22, records Xinhua press agency.

Although, there is “no proof to suggest that pets directly transmit the infection to humans”, the Middlemiss stated on Mon..

“We’ll continue to monitor this status closely & going to update our guidance to pet proprietors must the status alter,” stated Middlemiss.

All available proof suggests that the cat contracted the COVID-19 from its proprietors who had formerly tested positive(+ve) for the infection, as per an announcement from that Dept. for Environment, Meal & Rural Affairs.

The cat & its proprietors have from made a complete recovery & there has been no transmission to different animals (or) citizens within the home.

“This is a quite rare event with contaminated animals sensed to date only demonstrating mild clinical signs & recovering in some days,” stated Middlemiss.

Daniella Dos Santos, President of the British Veterinary Association, stated: “Our advice to pet proprietors those have COVID-19-19 (or) who’re self-isolating with signs remains to restrict contact with their own pets as a precautionary measure & to practice great hygiene, involving normal hand washing.

“We also recommend that proprietors who’re affirmed (or) suspected to have COVID-19-19 must keep their own cat indoors in case possible, however only in case the cat is happy to be kept indoors. Some of the cats can’t stay indoors because of stress-related medical reasons.”