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Unanswered questions about sick cat, positive coronavirus test

Belgium's public health service reported that novel coronavirus genetic material was detected in the feces and vomit of a sick cat whose owner had COVID-19, but important questions remain unanswered as to whether the cat actually contracted the disease, writes veterinarian Sarah Caddy, a clinical research fellow in viral immunology at the University of Cambridge. "It is possible that the cat ate contaminated food and the virus simply passed through its gut. This explanation is less likely if large quantities of genetic material were detected in the cat, but this data has not been released," Dr. Caddy writes.

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