Preprint: Suspected cat-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2

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A veterinarian in Thailand was diagnosed with COVID-19 after being sneezed on by an infected cat owned by an infected patient.

Genetic study supported the hypothesis of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from the owner to the cat, and then from the cat to the veterinarian.

The identical SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences obtained from patient A and the sequences derived from the cat and its 2 owners, together with the temporal overlapping of the animal and human infections, indicated that their infections were epidemiologically related. Because patient A had no prior meetings with patients B or C, she probably acquired SARS-CoV-2 from the cat when it sneezed in her face.

Preprint: Suspected Cat-to-Human Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, Thailand, July-September 2021



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** This post was originally published on July 23, 2022 **