Pet cat becomes first animal in UK to test positive for coronavirus
A pet cat has tested positive for coronavirus, making it the first animal in the UK to have become infected with coronavirus.
Evidence suggests the cat contracted Covid-19 from its owners who had previously tested positive, the government said.
Both the cat and its owners have since made a full recovery and there was no transmission to other animals or people in the household.
Downing Street said the cat had symptoms including shortness of breath.
“Its symptoms were a respiratory infection with a nasal discharge and some shortness of breath.”
The infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge, Surrey on Wednesday July 22.
The advice from Public Health England is for people to wash their hands regularly, including before and after contact with animals.
Animals being infected with coronavirus is ‘very rare’. (Stock cat image)
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