Virologist, commented on Russia’s first cat infected with coronavirus

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The virologist and doctor of medical Sciences Anatoly Altstein in an interview with radio station “Moscow speaking” commented on Russia’s first case of infection of a domestic cat with coronavirus.

Altstein argues that the five-year pet living in Moscow, poses no danger to people. He stressed that the main distributor COVID-19 was and still is the man. In his opinion, the pet is likely to have been infected by its owner. The virologist called cats “are very minor carriers”.

The family has a cat, she got it. This means that in this family there is a virus, someone already infected. (…) If it is only from their masters. There is hardly any serious danger from cats.

Anatoly Altstein

On the case of infection of the Moscow cat virus SARS-CoV-2 announced to the world organisation for animal health (OIE). Experts analyzed are taken from nose and throat swabs of cats and found in them the causative agent COVID-19. The pet is placed in quarantine. Was infected by its owners, is not specified.

In early April, the Hong Kong authorities announced that the cat of a patient suffering from COVID-19, discovered coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Novel coronavirus infection were co-infected cats from China to Wuhan, where in December 2019 was first recorded cases COVID-19. 23 April it became known that the new coronavirus found in the four tigers and three lions at the Bronx zoo in the American city of new York. 8 may it was reported about the first cat with the novel coronavirus infection was found in Spain.

In February it was reported that in Wuhan, the volunteers were engaged in rescue of Pets that were left without owners due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection. Volunteers have to risk life to get into locked apartments, and rescue abandoned cats and dogs.

Coronavirus infection is transmitted via small droplets that are emitted from the nose or mouth of the patient and settle on surrounding objects. The who recommends that you stay at least four feet away from other people, regularly wash or decontaminate hands and don’t touch your mouth, nose and eyes. In public places and public transport should use a mask.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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