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Research adds to evidence coronavirus can spread to pets

Eight cats whose owners had a confirmed SAS-CoV-2 infection had antibodies for the virus in their blood, and the owners reported that all eight had shown signs of respiratory or other illness, researchers reported at a conference. Two of 10 dogs whose owners had confirmed infections also had coronavirus antibodies in their blood, and one had shown signs of a respiratory illness. "These preliminary results suggest that a substantial proportion of pets in households of persons with COVID-19 become infected," said study co-author Dorothee Bienzle, a professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Guelph.

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