TransmissionThe first genetic evidence of COVID-19 passing from pet owner to pet has been found United StatesAccording to a study published on One HealthBy the Translational Genomics Research Institute(TGen), an affiliate CityThis is Hope.
ResearchersParticipate in the ArizonaThe case study showed that two pets and their pet parent were infected by the identical strain coronavirus called B.1.575. This early version of SARS CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, was discovered by the authors in a news statement.
ThisThe study is one in five pilot studies nationwide that investigate COVID infection in animals. TheThe release stated that the study used whole genomic sequence (a laboratory method that examines the genetic makeup of the virus from samples taken from pets and humans) to determine its identity.
“ThisThis is the first time that the B.1.575 Lineage has been reported in companion animals. Genetically”Linking SARS-CoV-2 between humans and animals is essential, and tracking changes to SARS-CoV-2 genes is essential to detect any cross-species SARS-CoV-2 transmissibility that may lead to more transmissible and severe variants which can affect people,” the authors wrote.
GeneticSamples were taken from swabs of a dog and a cat. TheThe genetic makeup of the virus was found to be identical, suggesting that it could be transmitted from one person to another by zoonotic means. TheThe study authors stated that both animals were symptomatic, but they were in close proximity to the symptomatic pet owners who tested positive for COVID-19.
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According to the article, the owner was in close contact with both pets engaging in activities such as petting and cuddling the animals, walking the dog and cleaning the cat’s litter box, while displaying symptoms of COVID19. The dog and cat frequently sat on the owner’s lap, slept in the same bed and during the home visit, researchers observed the cat and dog stayed in close contact with each other, the authors noted in the report.
“ThisThis case study was our first example of the project that showed the possibility of virus transmission between pet owners and animals in the household. Hayley Yaglom, the lead author of this study and TGen EpidemiologistThe release states this.
TheResearchers stated that there is no evidence to suggest that companion animals are involved in spreading COVID 19 among humans. HoweverHowever, they did mention that coronavirus has been reported to transmit from infected humans to animals.
TheTGEN case study noted that even though there are few studies that compare the viral genomes of pets and their owners, this report provides genetic evidence for virus transmission from the infected pet owner, as identified through whole genome sequencing.
“ThisThis is a great example of how genomics can be used to gain insight about pathogens.” David Engelthaler, Ph.D., director of TGen’s Pathogen Microbiome DivisionIn the news release He added, “ThisStudy shows that genomics can be used to track COVID variants around the world, but it can also be used to track precise transmissions, such as transmissions from pet owners to pets.
Dr. Robin Sturtz, Veterinarian DirectorThis is Veterinary Technologyat Long Island University PostIn New YorkAlthough he was not part the study, he commented on it. Fox NewsIt has been shown that, if the contact tracing is done correctly, humans can transmit the virus to their companion animals very rarely.
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SturtzTells Fox News, “ItIt is encouraging to see the formalization of the study on COVID-19 transmission and its classification on a genetic identity basis. SoSo far, the study has only included two animals, so there is still a lot to do. SturtzAlso, recommend “PeopleGetting vaccinated protects pets. It is also important to keep your distance from them if they are ill.
A spokesperson for the CentersFor Disease Control Prevention(CDC) issued a statement Fox NewsThat said, “TheseThese findings are not surprising as most cases SARS-CoV-2 infected animals, including pets, occurred after contact with COVID-19. ThisPandemics are driven primarily by person to person spread. The CDC recommends that pet owners with COVID-19 keep their pets away from people to prevent infection.
Translational Genomics Research Institute(TGen) is an acronym for ArizonaNon-profit organization based in the United States that is dedicated to research and affiliated with CityThis is Hope, an independent research center for diabetes, cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
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