Friday, March 13, 2020

Pets, COVID-19 and You

Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

Pets and COVID-19. What if...?

This question is more salient given that a Pomeranian in Hong Kong tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome (i.e.,2019 novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19)) Can pets become part of the transmission chain? 

The American scientific journal Science published an interview (March 12) by David Grimm "with Dr.Shelley Rankin, a microbiologist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, about the risks of COVID-19 infection in pets. Her lab is part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collective of veterinary diagnostic labs that could help determine the impact of the pandemic on pets and other animals. 

You may read the interview here.

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