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Minnesota sanctuary tiger tested positive for COVID-19

A tiger at a Pine County wildlife sanctuary tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, making it the second confirmed captive or domestic animal case in the state.

A Carver County house cat tested positive in June, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

“It’s a good reminder that the virus can be transmitted from people to animals,” said Dr. Beth Thompson, State Veterinarian. People who test positive with COVID-19 or suspect they have it would avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection, state officials said.

“We have not seen any

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Pets may need to be vaccinated to stop Covid-19 spread, scientists suggest

Pets may need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to curb the spread of the virus, a group of scientists has said.

Coronavirus can infect a wide range of species including cats, dogs, mink and other domesticated species, experts from the University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich-based research facility the Earlham Institute and University of Minnesota have said.

In an editorial for the journal Virulence, they wrote that continued evolution of the virus in animals followed by transmission to humans “poses a significant long-term risk to public health”.

“It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might… be

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Animals Can Get COVID-19, Too


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At least two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19, the zoo has announced. They aren’t the first animals to contract the coronavirus in this pandemic, and they probably won’t be the last.

Which animals can get the coronavirus?

Besides the gorillas, we know that some tigers and lions at the Bronx zoo tested positive for COVID in April. Studies conducted by veterinarians have also found COVID in cats and dogs who picked up the coronavirus from their human families. And perhaps most concerning, there have been outbreaks

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Pets shouldn’t wear face COVID-19 masks, but sales are still spiking

  • Sales for New York-based company Pet Masks have rocketed around 500% during the pandemic, the Southwest News Service (SWNS) reported.
  • But the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) both advise people against putting masks on their pets.
  • The masks can cause distress for pets, and may make it difficult for them to breathe.
  • The risk of dogs and cats spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be “low,” but the virus has been known to spread from humans to animals.
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