K-State research on COVID-19 in cats and pigs

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November 20, 2020 - 5:33 am
K-State research on COVID-19 in cats and pigs

We know humans can catch and spread the coronavirus, but what about animals?  We're starting to get answers about that possibility, thanks to research at Kansas State.  

Two recently published studies from Kansas State University researchers and collaborators have led to two important findings related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Domestic cats can be asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus, but pigs are unlikely to be significant carriers of the virus. 

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Jürgen Richt, the Regents distinguished professor at Kansas State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine, says that infected domestic cats without symptoms can spread the virus to other cats within two days. 

Further research is needed to study whether domestic cats can spread the virus to other animals and humans. Pigs, on the other hand, do not appear to transmit the virus to contact animals.
 

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