This short communication reports on the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2-positive cats and dogs from ten infected mink farms in the Netherlands, and their possible role in transmission of the virus.
Throat and rectal swabs of 101 cats (12 domestic and 89 feral cats) and 13 dogs were tested for SARS-CoV-2 using PCR. Eleven cats (18%) and two dogs (15%) tested serologically positive. Three feral cats (3%) and one dog (8%) tested PCR-positive.
The authors conclude that as only feral cats were infected it is most likely that infections in cats were initiated by mink, not by humans. Whether both dogs were infected by mink or humans remains inconclusive.
00Myai DuMyai Du2021-09-27 12:46:332021-09-27 12:46:33SARS‐CoV‐2 infection in cats and dogs in infected mink farms