Interim Veterinary Guidance on Companion Animal Coronavirus Testing in Texas
April 9th, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) does not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person.
• The CDC is not aware of any companion animals (i.e. household cats and dogs) in theUnited States infected with SARS-CoV-2. The first case of an animal testing positive for the virus in the United States was a tiger that had a respiratory illness at a zoo in New York City. The CDC is aware of a very small number of pets outside the United States reported to be infected with the virus after close contact with people with COVID-19.
• The CDC does not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread SARS-CoV-2.
• The CDC does not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading SARS-CoV-2 in the United States.
• Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by SARS-CoV-2.
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies are exceptionally limited and are being prioritized for human testing and medical care.
Via source: Texas Animal Health Commission