Near East University scientists have determined that for the first time in Northern Cyprus, human-to-pet Covid-19 is transmitted.
The analysis, which was examined by scientists from Near East University, revealed remarkable findings.
To date, studies around the world have shown that pets can become infected three to six weeks after Covid-19 patients. In the case in the TRNC, studies by researchers at Near East University revealed that the cat was infected at the same time as family members.
Thus, the human-to-pet transmission was detected for the first time in the world, where it occurs within the first 10 days. This result also showed that the British variant of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 can be passed from person to person, as well as capable of transitioning from person to domestic cat.
Scientists explained that British variant infection causes a variety of clinical symptoms in the cat, including cardiac and ocular abnormalities.
Another interesting point of the case is that the family, unaware that they have also transmitted the virus they carry to their cats, entrusts their pet cats to another family while being quarantined with the diagnosis of Covid-19.
The Near East University monitored the symptoms of the cat, which was infected with the British variant, while also monitoring whether there would be cat-to-human SARS-CoV-2 transmission.
Prof. Dr. Tamer Sanlidag, Acting Rector of Near East University, said, “We also follow people who come into contact with the cat infected with the British variant. Thus, we will also reveal whether the virus passed from person to cat is transmitted from cat to person again.”
Associate Professor Mahmut Cerkez Ergoren, head of the COVID-19 PCR Diagnostic Laboratory at Near East University, said, “This result showed that the British variant OF SARS-CoV-2 can pass from person to person to pet at a high capacity.” Associate Professor Mahmut Ergoren stated that “it is an important finding to consider in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”.