Pets had no symptoms.
Scientists investigated two dogs in Hong Kong who have found the RNA of the coronavirus after hospitalization of their owners, however, such cases are very rare, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Country.
So, about two months ago in Hong Kong from 17-year-old Spitz and German shepherd dogs whose owners got sick with coronavirus, detected antibodies to the disease and found its fragments to RNA dogs. It is obvious that the animals were infected by their owners. However, another dog, who lived with the patients, were not infected. Both domestic pet had symptoms, but two days later, after returning to the family, the Spitz died.
Presumably, the coronavirus caused the complications in the internal organs, from what is already elderly dog did not survive. However, the young shepherd had been ill and continues to please the owner.
Previously it was known that people infected ferrets, cats and a tiger, but with dogs cases are rare, despite the fact that their receptor ACE-2, which is necessary for the virus to get into cells, similar to human.
Scientists from Australia and China under the leadership of Malik Peiris (Malik Peiris) from the University of Hong Kong examined infected dogs and 13 more Pets whose owners became ill — they were healthy. Both dogs for the duration of the quarantine showed no symptoms of infection. In the blood serum of dogs found antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2.
However, the researchers note that data on whether dogs can infect and be infected with a coronavirus, is not enough. however, based on the fact that similar cases are already registered, is carefully to allow the animals to contact with potentially sick people.