Belgium Detects An “isolated Case” Of a Patient Who Infected His Cat

Belgium reported on Friday that an “isolated case” of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from a coronavirus-infected patient to his cat, who suffered from diarrhea and respiratory problems, has been detected in the country.

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“Our colleagues from the Liège veterinary school have been able to confirm that a cat of a person who was infected with COVID-19 had been infected by its owner and had developed symptoms and a confirmed infection,” he said in a press conference. Virologist and spokesman for the Belgian Inter-Federal Anti-Coronavirus Team, Emmanuel André.

The Belgian Federal Health Service insisted that “this type of infection is from man to animal and not from animal to man and that close daily contact between the animal and its owner is necessary.”

“It has been an isolated case, it is not the norm. But the authorities have decided to adopt a series of (hygiene) precautions for people who are infected and who have a pet,” André said, adding that “a today there is no reason to think that animals can be a vector of transmission of the epidemic in our society. “

Regarding coronavirus cases, Belgium registered 1,049 new positives in the last 24 hours for a total of 7,284 infections in the country, with a population of 11.4 million inhabitants. Between Thursday and Friday, the deaths from the pandemic in Belgium increased by 69 people, bringing the death toll to 289.

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