Russian state run media is publishing information gained from research inside China that common house cats can be infected with the Chinese coronavirus and possibly transmit the pathogen to humans.
Chinese vets have collected blood samples from 100 stray and house cats from Wuhan, finding that about 15% of them have been infected with the novel coronavirus. Their research was published on the bioRxiv website, writes Russian state news agency TASS.
“Previous studies suggested cat could be a potential susceptible animal of SARS-CoV-2. Here, we investigated the infection of SARS-CoV-2 in cats by detecting specific serum antibodies,” the abstract to the research article informs.
“A cohort of serum samples were collected from cats in Wuhan, including 102 sampled after COVID-19 outbreak, and 39 prior to the outbreak. 15 of 102 (14.7%) cat sera collected after the outbreak were positive for the receptor binding domain (RBD) of SARS-CoV-2 by indirect enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA),” the researchers inform.
“Our data demonstrates that SARS-CoV-2 has infected cat population in Wuhan during the outbreak,” the abstract concludes.
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