Can my pets be infected with COVID-19 and will they make them sick?

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Can my pets be infected with COVID-19 and will they make them sick?

So far, there have been no documented cases in the United States involving pets, including cats or dogs, infected with the new coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, a tiger in a New York zoo has tested positive recently after developing symptoms of respiratory illness. It is now believed that three large cats fell ill after being exposed to an asymptomatic, infected zoo worker.

Public health officials are studying zoo animal infections and their possible implications.

There have been a few isolated reports of pet infection in Belgium and Hong Kong, but the World Animal Health Organization has said that the three cases involved all had problems that made it difficult to draw firm conclusions. .

“So far, these appear to be isolated cases, and there is no evidence that dogs or cats play a role in the spread of this human disease,” the agency said on its website.

However, the CDC recommends that anyone confirmed or suspected of COVID-19 “should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would with other people.” “

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