Human-to-human transmission is the driver of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 can infect other animal species remains of concern. Partners within NCOH have started to research the role of companion animals in potential virus transmissions. In this webinar we present the latest results.
Sensitivity to SARS-CoV-2 has been demonstrated in several countries for some animal species, especially cat- and martenaceans. In the research on infected mink farms cats were also tested. In three out of eleven infected mink farms cats antibodies against COVID-19 were detected. Combined with the publications that showed susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 in cats in other countries, it is important to research the role of cats in potential virus transmission of this respiratory tract infection. In this context, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) has asked for research into (virus) transmission in cats and dogs by collaborating research groups within the Netherlands Centre for One Health (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University Utrecht, Wageningen University & Research, Erasmus MC and research centres in human health care).
Date & time: 25 February 2021, 5 pm – 6 pm