Public health agencies in British Columbia and Quebec are running a study on cats in the homes of people diagnosed with COVID-19 to see whether cats are susceptible to or can transmit SARS-CoV-2 to people. A veterinarian and veterinary technician will collect cats placed by the owner in a carrier and take nasal, rectal and blood samples in a tent set up onsite to keep the cat secure, and sampling won't be done on cats that are not amenable, says Public Health Veterinarian Erin Fraser.
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