Bangkok A 32-year-old already healthy female veterinarian contracted cod after coming in contact with an infected cat. Researchers at the Prince of Songkala University in Thailand reported the case of a veterinarian who tested positive for cat sneezes in an infected patient in August last year. According to an article published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the genetic study supports the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from owner to cat and then from cat to veterinarian.
The doctor revealed that 5 days ago he and another doctor had examined a cat which was infected with cod. The cat slept on the same bed on which the victim was sleeping. In the initial test, the cat was declared normal. But three days later the patient showed symptoms of the virus and started sneezing like a cat. He tested positive.
‘Corona virus can spread from cats to humans’
Studies show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be transmitted from cats to humans. However, experts also say that cats have a lower risk of infecting humans with the virus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people infected with the virus avoid contact with their pets.
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First publication: June 14, 2022, 4:55 PM IST