WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- CDC extends social-distancing rules to animals after the United States recorded the first coronavirus diagnosis in domestic animals.
- Per the released advisory, pet owners must avoid dog parks or public places where other people and their dogs gather.
- The protection agency emphasizes that there remains no evidence that prove animal-to-human transmissions, only human-to-animal transmissions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases additional safety guidelines for pet owners to follow for this coronavirus pandemic. The protection agency extends social-distancing rules to animals and their affairs including routine walks, advising owners to keep the pets away from another’s.
“Treat pets as you would other human family members — do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household,” the advisory reads. “If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.”
Per the released advisory, pet owners must avoid dog parks or public places where other people and their dogs gather. This precautionary step was implemented after published reports of disease transmitted to animals in contact with a person infected with the virus.
New York City announces the first coronavirus diagnosis of domestic animals in the country. This came after reported cases concerning two cats that tested positive for the coronavirus last week. The first dog in the country that tested positive for the virus is pug from North Carolina, recorded on Monday.
These reports on coronavirus-positive domestic animals came after the diagnosis of one Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo named Nadia. The is the first recorded case of coronavirus infecting tigers. The animal is believed to have been infected after close contact with an infected zookeeper, the zoo reported earlier this month.
The Wildlife Conservation Society reports seven more big cats housed inside the zoo tested positive for the coronavirus. The Malayan tiger and other infected animals inside the facility is under recovery.
CDC underlines that there remains no evidence that prove animal-to-human transmissions. There are only reports of human-to-animal disease transmission.
“The first infections were thought to be linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now primarily spreading from person to person … Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low,” the protection agency says.
Source: New York Post