Coronavirus: Can animals get infect and spread coronavirus?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

A tiger named Nadia from Bronx Zoo, New York has tested positive for Covid-19. It has become the first animal to get infected by the virus. The positive test was confirmed by the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.


Some types of coronaviruses, such as canine and feline, infect only animals and do not infect humans.

But in some rare cases these Coronaviruses may spread to people.

Cats can be infected with the coronavirus and can spread it to other cats, but dogs are not susceptible to the infection, say researchers in China. Experts also concludes that chickens, pigs and ducks are not likely to catch the virus. But the pets owners should not be alarmed just yet.



No symptoms


But scientists say that none of the infected cats showed symptoms of illness, and that only one out of the three felines exposed to infected animals caught the virus. This concludes the virus may not be highly transmissible in cats. Furthermore, the mode of transmission is unclear because the study does not describe how the cages were set up, and the uninfected cats could have contracted the virus from contaminated shit or urine.


The new coronavirus can't be transmitted through Mosquitos or mosquito bites.


There has been no information to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. Because the new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based sanitizer or wash them with soap. Also, avoid close contact with person who is coughing and sneezing, then whoever he is your family member or any stranger don't feel guilty for it your saving yourself.


Stay healthy around animals


A study shows that pets,zoo animals and wild animals too might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to be alert and take precautions around pets and other animals.


  • Wash your hands after handling pets or any animals, their food, waste, or supplies.

  • Practice good pet hygiene and giving a bath can we a good idea.

  • if you have questions about your pet’s health talk to a veterinary.

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