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Officials say currently ‘no evidence’ that pets can be infected with COVID-19

According to the World Health Organization, there is currently 'no evidence' that companion animals or pets like dogs and cats can be infected with the virus.

2020-02-17 12:35:00 AM

'It's best to continue to take reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of exposure of animals to infected people, and to properly manage pets of people who are infected.'

According to the World Health Organization, there is currently 'no evidence' that companion animals or pets like dogs and cats can be infected with the virus.

The association said, though, that it is not yet known if animals can become infected.And, according to the WSAVA, if you are sick with COVID-19, you should not handle pets or other animals.“Until we know more, avoid contact with animals and wear a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet in order to protect the pet from the possibility of disease transmission,” the release reads.

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Story continues below advertisementFederal government charters plane to evacuate Canadians on board Diamond PrincessWSAVA says while there have been no reports of pets or animals becoming sick with COVID-19, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness and spread between animals and people.

If your pet has been in contact with someone who has been infected with COVID-19, WSAVA said you should call your veterinary clinic.“Do not take the animal to a veterinary clinic until you have had a discussion with clinic staff,” the release reads. “Tell them about any contact the animal may have had with someone with 2019-nCoV infection.”

1:26WHO says it is ‘impossible to predict’ direction coronavirus will takeWHO says it is ‘impossible to predict’ direction coronavirus will takeIn ablog poston Friday, researcher and Ontario Veterinary College professor at the University of Guelph, Scott Weese, said when it comes to coronavirus, it’s an “ongoing battle” to balance awareness and over-reaction.

“We still have no evidence that this virus affects domestic animals, but since we also have no real evidence that it doesn’t,” he wrote. “It’s best to continue to take reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of exposure of animals to infected people, and to properly manage pets of people who are infected.”

Weese said it’s “always better to practice prevention than damage control.” Read more: Globalnews.ca »

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