Cats and dogs with fever, cough or breathing difficulties can be tested for Covid-19 in South Korea, if they have been exposed to people with the disease, the city government announced on Monday. Seoul. The launch of this program comes a few weeks after the country’s announcement of its first case of Covid-19 contamination in an animal, in this case a kitten.
“From today, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will offer testing for the coronavirus to domestic dogs and cats,” said a disease prevention official in the capital. Only animals showing symptoms that have been in contact with positive people can be tested.
14 days isolation
The test will be carried out near the animal’s place of residence by a team including a veterinarian, the official said. Positive animals should be isolated at home for 14 days. But if their owners have the virus, they will be placed in kennels or specialized reception centers.
In South Korea, positive people are usually isolated in dedicated quarantine centers if their condition does not require hospitalization. Elsewhere in the world, several cats and dogs have tested positive for the coronavirus which has killed more than 2.3 million humans.
Fifteen million mink slaughtered
In early January, two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo in Southern California tested positive for the new coronavirus and placed in quarantine. They were most likely infected by a sick caretaker who was not showing symptoms.
Denmark, for its part, has just completed its huge campaign to slaughter nearly 15 million mink decided to combat the risk of coronavirus mutation in animals. In early November, the country, the world’s largest exporter of small mammal skins, had urgently ordered the slaughter of all mink in the kingdom, because of a mutation of the coronavirus which, according to preliminary studies, could threaten the effectiveness of the vaccine for humans.