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Veterinary doctor warns people that pets can pass Coronavirus between humans

Following reports that a tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19,a veterinary doctor has warned  that pets could help pass Coronavirus between humans.

Responding to concerns about whether humans can catch Coronavirus from their pets, the vet doctor stated that pets like dogs and cats can contract and transmit the virus to humans.

Recall that a tiger at a New York City zoo tested positive for Coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known Covid-19 case in a US. The tiger was reported to have contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time.

The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions all developed dry coughs but are expected to fully recover.

Although Scientists say pets can’t transmit the virus to humans but a vet doctor Dr Scott Miller says he believes pets can transfer the virus using their fur.

Dr Scott speaking on British daytime TV programme ‘This Morning’ with TV Host Philip Scoffield said: ‘So at the moment we don’t believe that cats can, or any animal, pass it back to us from the initial infection.

‘Now we don’t believe at all that dogs or cats can transmit it back to us as an infected host. ‘What we are concerned about is that they may be able to act as a surface – so if someone with Covid-19 coughs on their dog and then takes it for a walk, then you pet their dog and then touch your face, you could potentially pick up Covid-19 that way – although the chances are very very low.’

Dr Scott added: ‘This case with the tiger – there’s also been one reflected in a domestic cat in Belgium – where that cat did actually did show some coronavirus symptoms, i.e. had respiratory symptoms and had diarrhoea.

‘Its owner did have coronavirus, both were tested and proven to have a positive result, but they have both since recovered. ‘There is some concern and that is something very much that the veterinary profession will be watching, but it all boils down really to just good hygiene, and don’t touch other people’s pets at this time.’

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