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Anthropogenic Infection of Cats during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

Hosie, Margaret J. and Hofmann-Lehmann, Regina and Hartmann, Katrin and Egberink, Herman F. and Truyen, Uwe and Addie, Diane D. and Belák, Sándor and Boucraut-Baralon, Corine and Frymus, Tadeusz and Lloret, Albert and Lutz, Hans and Marsilio, Fulvio and Pennisi, Maria-Grazia and Tasker, Séverine and Thiry, Etienne and Moestl, Karin (2021). Anthropogenic Infection of Cats during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. Viruses. 13 , 185
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Abstract

COVID-19 is a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) caused by a new coronavirus (CoV), SARS-CoV-2, which is closely related to SARS-CoV that jumped the animal-human species barrier and caused a disease outbreak in 2003. SARS-CoV-2 is a betacoronavirus that was first described in 2019, unrelated to the commonly occurring feline coronavirus (FCoV) that is an alphacoronavirus associated with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). SARS-CoV-2 is highly contagious and has spread globally within a few months, resulting in the current pandemic. Felids have been shown to be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Particularly in the Western world, many people live in very close contact with their pet cats, and natural infections of cats in COVID-19-positive households have been described in several countries. In this review, the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD), a scientifically independent board of experts in feline medicine from 11 European Countries, discusses the current status of SARS-CoV infections in cats. The review examines the host range of SARS-CoV-2 and human-to-animal transmissions, including infections in domestic and non-domestic felids, as well as mink-to-human/-cat transmission. It summarises current data on SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in domestic cats and the results of experimental infections of cats and provides expert opinions on the clinical relevance and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 infection in cats.

Authors/Creators:Hosie, Margaret J. and Hofmann-Lehmann, Regina and Hartmann, Katrin and Egberink, Herman F. and Truyen, Uwe and Addie, Diane D. and Belák, Sándor and Boucraut-Baralon, Corine and Frymus, Tadeusz and Lloret, Albert and Lutz, Hans and Marsilio, Fulvio and Pennisi, Maria-Grazia and Tasker, Séverine and Thiry, Etienne and Moestl, Karin
Title:Anthropogenic Infection of Cats during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic
Series Name/Journal:Viruses
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:13
Article number:185
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1999-4915
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Clinical Science
Keywords:SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, domestic cats, wild felids, companion animals, minks, experimental infection, human-to-feline transmission, one health
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111202
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111202
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DOI10.3390/v13020185
Web of Science (WoS)000623285100001
ID Code:23705
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:18 May 2021 15:03
Metadata Last Modified:18 May 2021 15:11

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