COVID-19: still “no evidence” that a domestic animal could infect his master (Anses)

COVID-19: toujours «aucune preuve» qu’un animal domestique puisse contaminer son maitre (Anses)

Paris | Despite new studies, there is still “no evidence” that the rare pets infected with the new coronavirus can infect Humans, said Monday the agency French food Handles, the caller, however, to comply with some “basic rules of hygiene”.

Since the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, a few cases of domestic animals that are tested positive have been reported, including two dogs and a cat in Hong Kong, and a cat in Belgium, raising concerns.

But cases of infections of domestic animals “remain sporadic and isolated in times of high virus circulation in Humans”, stresses the Handles, which reviewed the developments since our last notice of the beginning of march.

The first animal infections experimental – the results of which published in recent weeks have not been validated by other scientists at this stage – indicate that the pigs, chickens and ducks are not susceptible to the virus, and that dogs are “unreceptive,” says the health care agency.

In contrast, the cats, especially the young, are likely to be contaminated, as well as ferrets and hamsters, which develop in addition to clinical signs.

But “no cases of contamination of Man by a pet has not been to date reported” and “there is currently no scientific evidence about the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 of a domestic animal infected to Humans,” concludes the Coves in this notice is similar to the previous one.

In spite of everything, to avoid any risk, the agency calls to respect some rules: wash hands with soap after petting an animal, or after maintenance of the litter box, avoid close contact at the level of the face. And to preserve his or her animal, do not stay in contact with him when you are sick.

Excluding the light of the available scientific information on the contamination of a farm animal, Anses exclude again the possibility of transmission of the virus by eating meat.

For experts, the only possible way of contamination of food handled by a sick person.

In the current state of knowledge, the contamination by the digestive tract is always ruled out, according to the Anses. In contrast, a respiratory tract infection during chewing “cannot be totally excluded”.

Then the agency calls in there too for good hygiene practices and note that the cooking time (4 min to 63°C) “could be considered as effective to inactivate the sars coronavirus in food”.

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