Cats : potential victims of Covid-19 ?

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Cats : potential victims of Covid-19 ?

It was the first time in the USA. In New York State, two cats were tested positive of the virus, Sars-Cov-2.

Summury

Two cats have been infected with the new coronavirus in New York City, health authorities said on 22. These cases, as rare as they are, follow closely the first infected cat, this time in Belgium. 

First time seen

28 Mar 2020

Investigation started the

25 Apr 2020

First seen at

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Last update

26 Apr 2020

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We are digging deeper to make sure we have scientific evidence and to limit the questioning of fears around pets. 

A cat was indeed infected by the new coronavirus in Belgium, the Belgian health authorities said Friday, a statement by Emmanuel André, a spokesman for the Belgian authorities. Two dogs had already tested positive for Covid-19 in South Korea and Singapore.

We interviewed Gilles Salvat, director delegated to research at the ANSES (National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety) and author of an opinion on the issue to analyze this discovery. 

We also collected a press release from the SPA reacting to this event. 

Tracks and conclusions

A cat was indeed infected by the new coronavirus in Belgium, the Belgian health authorities said Friday, a statement by Emmanuel André, a spokesman for the Belgian authorities. Two dogs had already tested positive for Covid-19 in South Korea and Singapore. Later during the month of April, the first cases of contaminated American cats were announced in the State of New York.

We interviewed Gilles Salvat, director delegated to research at the ANSES (National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety) and author of an opinion on the issue to analyze this discovery. 

We also collected a press release from the SPA reacting to this event. 

Finally, we asked ourselves what the epistemological difference between domestic animals on the one hand and wild animals on the other hand was.

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Lina Fourneau

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  • Lina Fourneau

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