The first case of transmission of "Covid-19" infection from a cat to a human was recorded

29 June, 2022
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The first case of transmission of "Covid-19" infection from a cat to a human was recorded


Scientists from Prince of Songkhla University in Thailand have recorded and confirmed the first case of a human being infected with the emerging coronavirus from a pet.


According to the newspaper "Izvestia", this incident occurred in Bangkok, where the father and son developed symptoms of "Covid-19" and were taken to hospital, and their kitten was taken to the veterinary clinic for examination.


And when the vet tried to take a swab from the cat, it sneezed in his face, and the test showed that she had the emerging coronavirus. A week later, the doctor showed symptoms of "Covid-19" disease. It was confirmed that the infection was transmitted from the kitten to the veterinarian, because there is no one among his family members, relatives, and those who work with them who were infected or infected with the disease. The kitten has never met the owners of infected pets.


The genomic sequence confirmed that the cat, its owners and the veterinarian were all infected with the same type of emerging coronavirus, which was prevalent among the population at that time. Based on this, the doctors realized that the cat, its owners, and the veterinarian were infected from one source.

 Experts stress that the risk of transmission of infection from pets to humans is still small, although they do not rule out this.


It is not possible to adopt a single case for scientific conclusions, because for this there must be at least a few dozen similar cases, says Alexander Chapikin, director of the epidemiology laboratory at the All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Veterinary Medicine.


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