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WHO studying cats' susceptibility to novel coronavirus

The World Health Organization is studying cats' response to SARS-CoV-2 exposure following reports that tigers and lions at Bronx Zoo fell ill after contact with an asymptomatic employee who had COVID-19. A study published in Science found that ferrets and cats are susceptible to illness caused by the virus, but dogs, chickens, pigs and ducks appear to be less vulnerable. "We don't believe that [pets] are playing a role in transmission, but we think that they may be able to be infected from an infected person," said WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove.

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