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First case of Cat with Coronavirus in Spain, Sixth in the world

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First case of Cat with Coronavirus in Spain, Sixth in the world

The animal, named “Negrito”, lived with various people affected by COVID-19 and suffered from heart disease

Barcelona. [EFE]. Researchers from Spain detected the first case of a cat infected with coronavirus in this country, the sixth in the world, although the animal has already died, it was reported this Friday.

The animal, named “ Negrito ”, lived with a family of several people affected by COVID-19 and suffered from heart disease, a case that was detected by the Animal Health Research Center of the Catalonia region (CReSA).

” The chain of transmission of viruses occurs from people to cats, and these are the collateral victims of the disease in humans, ” explained the researcher at the Agro-food Research and Technology Institute of the aforementioned center, Joaquín Segalés.

The researcher recalled that ” the predominant route of transmission of COVID-19 is from human to human, and that the ability of cats to transmit the disease is negligible, that is, they do not play a significant role in the epidemiology of the disease ” .

The researcher recalled that ” the predominant route of transmission of COVID-19 is from human to human, and that the ability of cats to transmit the disease is negligible, that is, they do not play a significant role in the epidemiology of the disease ” .

Scientific studies published so far point out that cats are one of the animal species sensitive to SARS-CoV-2 infection, along with animals such as ferrets, minks, hamsters, non-human primates and, to a lesser extent, dogs. .

“ Negrito ” was admitted to a veterinary hospital with severe difficulties in breathing, high rectal temperature, a very low level of platelets and heart failure, for which he was humanely euthanized.

Subsequently, he was transferred to CReSA, where he underwent an autopsy, which detected SARS-CoV-2 genetic material (RNA) in various samples taken, although with a low viral load, and none of the lesions that the animal presented was compatible with a virus infection.

Segalés indicated that all the known cases of cats infected with the coronavirus had a common denominator, which is that they belonged to family nuclei with COVID-19 patients .

Researchers recommend, as advocated by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), that people infected with the coronavirus and living with pets take basic hygiene measures, such as washing their hands before and after contact with animals or when handling their food or objects, as well as avoiding kisses.

And in case animals develop symptoms consistent with SARS-CoV-2 infections, it’s best to see a vet.

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