Infection of dogs with SARS-CoV-2

May 14, 2020

Sit THC, Brackman CJ, Ip SM, et al.


In Hong Kong, two dogs from households with confirmed human cases of COVID-19 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 through qRT-PCR, viral genome sequencing, and virus isolation. Viral genome sequencing revealed the RNA was identical across the human index case and the secondary canine infection. Both dogs had SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses and were asymptomatic. The findings of this study indicate the possibility of human-to-animal transmission of SARS-CoV-2, but it is unknown if SARS-CoV-2 positive dogs can infect humans or other animals.

Sit THC, Brackman CJ, Ip SM, et al. Infection of dogs with SARS-CoV-2. Nature 2020. DOI:10.1038/s41586-020-2334-5.

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