Laboratory staff in Belgium have confirmed a case of COVID-19 transmission from human to animal, after a man who contracted the disease also infected his pet cat, a representative of the country's coronavirus reference laboratory confirmed on Friday, APA reports citing Sputnik.
“Our colleagues from the veterinary faculty in Liege found that a cat contracted COVID-19 after the infection was transmitted by its owner. The infection has been confirmed and symptoms are present,” Emmanuel Andre, a member of the reference laboratory based in the city of Leuven, said at a press conference.
Andre emphasized that this was an individual case and may not be a common occurrence.
Nevertheless, Belgian officials are working to develop preventive measures for pet owners, particularly those who test positive for COVID-19, Andre stated.