Evidence of efficient SARS-CoV-2 transmission between cats

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers in the Netherlands assessed the indirect and direct severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) B.1.22 lineage transmission across domestic cats in an experimental environment. ​​​​​​​Study: Efficient direct and limited environmental transmission of SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.22 in domestic cats. Image Credit: Magui RF / … Read more

Office Cats Laid Off as Companies Close

Zhaocai is out of a job. Two months away from the office and locked down at an unfamiliar apartment, he’s withdrawn into himself, becoming more suspicious of strangers. He spends much of the day sleeping, or keeping to himself quietly. At night, he gets into bed and mewls for attention. Zhaocai is part of a … Read more

Study finds low-risk of spillover SARS-CoV-2 infection from domestic cats

Zoonotic origin of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) predisposes to a probability of cross-infection pathways between humans and animals. Reports suggest a high susceptibility of domestic cats to SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission. Clinical signs of SARS-CoV-2 infection, high viral loads, and potential viral shedding have been detected in domestic cats. Although cats tend … Read more

At Westminster dog show, new focus on veterinarians’ welfare

NEW YORK — The dogs get the spotlight, but the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club show is also illuminating a human issue: veterinarians’ mental health. In conjunction with a first-time Veterinarian of the Year award that will be presented on the show’s final day Wednesday, the club is giving $10,000 to a charity focused on veterinary … Read more

Demonstrating varying pathogenicity and tropism of SARS-CoV-2 variants in a feline model

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* pre-print server, researchers at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign compared the infection dynamics, pathogenicity, and tissue tropism of multiple severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants in adult cats. A new wave of SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections is occurring around … Read more

6th, 7th suspected monkeypox cases identified in Sacramento County

A sixth and seventh probable case of monkeypox have been identified in Sacramento County, health officials said on Thursday. However, these two additional cases are unrelated to the five initial cases in the county and also are related to travel in the United States, not Europe. close contacts for those cases had received a vaccine. … Read more

Pets living in households with COVID-19 are high likely to seroconvert and become ill

In a recent study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseasesresearchers investigated whether pet dogs and cats in the households of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)-infected humans were at risk of infection. Study: Risk Factors for SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Illness in Cats and Dogs. Image Credit: Sharomka/Shutterstock Studies have demonstrated that several species … Read more

Dogs can detect SARS-CoV-2 from an individual’s sweat

In a recent study published in the Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID) Journalresearchers reported that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) could be detected by canine olfaction. Overall, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in more than 520 million cases and over 6.26 million deaths to date. As a result, different screening methods … Read more

COVID-19: have US public health authorities tried to quell an animal-human virus spillover?

US government documents obtained by National Geographic provide a first behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) investigation into a suspected animal-to-human COVID-19 spillover case in Michigan, late of the year 2020. The documents, and statements made by the agency following their disclosure, indicate that the CDC already knew that … Read more