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A cat has tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.K. Here’s what we know

It is said that the cat contracted the virus from its owner, who had previously tested positive for COVID-19

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Ximena Canejo Hernandez holds one of the household’s two cats as she waits for a few close relatives to arrive to mark her 15th birthday at home, in Tlalnepantla, just outside Mexico City, Monday, July 13, 2020.

Ximena Canejo Hernandez holds one of the household’s two cats as she waits for a few close relatives to arrive to mark her 15th birthday at home, in Tlalnepantla, just outside Mexico City, Monday, July 13, 2020.

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A cat has tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.K., according to multiple reports.

This is the country’s first case of an animal testing positive for the virus, according to the Christine Middlemiss, the U.K.’s chief veterinary officer, CNN reported

According to BBC News, it is thought that the cat contracted the disease from its owner, who tested positive for the coronavirus. Both the owner and pet have made a full recovery.

The cat was originally diagnosed with feline herpes virus by a private vet but was later tested for SARS-CoV-2 in a research program, according to BBC.

According to the medical director for Public Health England, there is no cause for alarm and it is a very rare case.

According to CNN, James Wood, head of veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge, added: “It has been clear for a while that cats are susceptible to infection, but there is no evidence that they can go on to infect humans. The data overall continue to suggest that cats may become infected by their owners if their owners have COVID-19, but there is no suggestion that they may transmit it to owners.”

This positive test adds to the handful of animals that have tested positive for the virus in the U.S., Hong Kong and the Netherlands.

According to USA Today, although the risk of spreading the virus from animals to human is low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who test positive for COVID-19 treat their pets like people, limiting their contact with them.