Near East University: A pet cat got caught COVID-19 from its owner in the TRNC!

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Added On: 17 May 2021, Monday, 12:14
Last Edited On: 17 May 2021, Monday, 12:17

Near East University: A pet cat got caught COVID-19 from its owner in the TRNC!

Near East University scientists determined for the first time in Northern Cyprus that COVID-19 was transmitted from human to pet. The investigations revealed that the domestic cat of the family found to be infected with the British Variant of SARS-CoV-2 in TRNC was also infected with the same variant.

Results of the research conducted by Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, Prof. Dr. Eser Özgencil, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez Ergören, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Serkan Sayıner, Assist. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ege İnce and Research Assistant Veterinarian Ali Çürükoğlu yielded important results.

Studies conducted around the world to date have suggested that pets can become infected three to six weeks after staying with COVID-19 patients. Research conducted by Near East University researchers revealed that the cat was infected at the same time as its family members in the TRNC. Thus, it was detected for the first time in the world where human-to-pet transmission occurred within the first 10 days. This result also showed that the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 British variant was capable of being transmitted from human to human as well as from human to domestic cat.

Near East University Animal Hospital veterinarians explained that British variant infection causes a variety of clinical symptoms in the cat, including cardiac and ocular abnormalities.

Near East University: A pet cat got caught COVID-19 from its owner in the TRNC!
Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ: “We are also following people who come into contact with the cat infected with the British variant”
Another interesting point of the case is that the family, unaware that they also infect their cats, was quarantined with the diagnosis of COVID-19 and entrusted their pet cats to another family. Near East University, while monitoring the symptoms of the cat infected with the British variant, has also monitored whether there is a cat-to-human SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Near East University Acting Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ said, “We are also following people who come into contact with the cat infected with the British variant. Thus, we will reveal whether the virus, transmitted from person to cat, is transmitted from cat to humans again.”

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez Ergören: “The British variant has a high transition capacity from human to pet”
Near East University COVID-19 PCR Diagnostic Laboratory member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez Ergören, on the other hand, pointed out that “This result showed that the SARS-CoV-2 British variant can be transmitted from human to human as well as from person to pet.” Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ergören said, “It is an important finding to be considered in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.”