Russians at risk for COVID-19 urged to avoid contact with pets

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Citizens at risk should avoid close contact with pets. Such a recommendation appeared on the official website of the mayor of Moscow on Sunday, October 18.

“If it is not possible to transfer a pet to someone, you must carefully follow the rules of hygiene and use a mask,” the message says.

At the same time, the portal notes that the World Organization for Animal Health of the International Bureau of Epizootics declares that there is no confirmed information about the disease of animals, including cats and dogs. There is also no data on the transmission of the virus from pets to humans and vice versa.

Rosselkhoznadzor in mid-September announced the launch of production of a vaccine for animals against COVID-19. The fact that scientists from the Federal Center for Animal Health subordinate to the Ministry are developing a vaccine for animals against coronavirus became known in July 2020.

In late May, the Netherlands recorded the first case of mink-to-human transmission of the virus. A few days later, the first case of COVID-19 in a cat was detected in Russia. After that, the five-year-old animal was quarantined. Scientists from the United States and Japan in the course of laboratory studies have found that cats can easily become infected with coronavirus and can infect their relatives.

In April, the Rosselkhoznadzor also reported on the risk of infection in cats and dogs with coronavirus as a result of contact with people with COVID-19.

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