A cat from St. Petersburg got sick with a human "crown"

The Research Institute of Influenza found out, Has the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus mutated in a cat?

At the A.A.. Smorodintseva in St. Petersburg conducted the first genetic study of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Russia, identified in a domestic cat. Оказалось, that the cat contracted the coronavirus from the owners, and the strain has hardly changed in the animal's body.


The cat's owners suffered a mild confirmed coronavirus infection COVID-19, reported on the official page of the Research Institute of Influenza in the social network. The very same purr has a fever, there was apathy, the cat refused food.

Specialists of the A.A.. Smorodintseva together with veterinarians of the clinic of Dr. V.P.. Burlakov took swabs from an animal, in which the coronavirus was detected. Оказалось, as the hostess, and in a cat, the viruses are almost identical and belong to the most widespread and circulating variant in Russia. Now the cat's condition is stable, appetite recovered, the pet is gaining strength and is on the mend.

Sergey Wednesday, veterinarian and chairman of the Russian Association of Practicing Veterinarians, in a conversation with KP assured, what for the safety of our pets to the owners, undergoing treatment for covid at home, it is enough to observe the usual measures of hygiene and personal antiviral protection: to wash hands, take your treatment, not giving your pets excessive viral load by direct contact, simply put, do not sneeze or cough on a purr.

Ученые отмечают про заражения животных

Заражение домашних питомцев SARS-CoV-2 происходит крайне редко и можно утверждать, that they always get a virus from their hosts, and not vice versa. Animals themselves are not able to transmit the virus to any other pets., neither to the owners.

In November, outbreaks of coronavirus were detected in minks, kept on breeding farms in Denmark, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Italy and USA.

According to WHO, SARS-CoV-2 has also been found in dogs, lions and tigers.

In all cases, people were the source of infection.. The potential danger in the case of human-to-animal transmission of the virus is, that in the body of an animal the virus can change greatly, mutate so much, that, when re-transmitted to humans, will cause a new outbreak of infections.

Skoltech Professor Georgy Bazykin spoke about the research of scientists, found in the body of a 47-year-old Russian woman 18 new mutations of the Sars-Cov-2 virus .

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