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Study on Domestic Cats and Coronavirus Infection

The New York Times (May 13) – Cats can infect each other with the novel coronavirus, but they may not have any symptoms, researchers reported Wednesday. Once infected, cats shed virus particles in the same way that humans do – and it’s the same coronavirus that infects people. That makes it theoretically possible for cats to give the virus to humans, says Dr. Karen Terio, the head of the Zoological Pathology Program at the U. of I. College of Veterinary Medicine. Terio, who was not involved in the study, says “given the limited social circle of most domestic cats, cats are most likely to become infected after contact with a human member of their household.”