SARS-CoV-2 infection detected in an infected poodle living with infected family members

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Researchers in Italy identified a case of reverse zoonosis wherein animals contract the virus from humans. The team detected SARS-CoV-2 in a healthy poodle living with four family members who had COVID-19.
SARS-CoV-2 infection detected in an infected poodle living with infected family members

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), first emerged in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019. The virus is thought to have originated in horseshoe bats and jumped to as yet unverified intermediate hosts before spilling over to human hosts – a process known as zoonosis.

Now, researchers in Italy identified a case of reverse zoonosis wherein animals contract the virus from humans. The team detected SARS-CoV-2 in a healthy poodle living with four family members who had COVID-19.

The study, published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, highlights the need to monitor cases involving human-to-animal viral transmission.

Human to animal transmission

Over the past year, some cases of human to animal SARS-CoV-2 transmission have been reported. These involved companion animals like dogs and cats, big cats, mink on farms, gorillas, and few other mammals.

Most of these animals were in close contact with infected humans in homes or in zoos and sanctuaries. However, only rare cases were reported in cats and dogs, making them at low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

It is crucial to monitor infections in animals to shed light on their epidemiological significance for animal and human…
Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSN
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