Should we be concerned about animals testing positive for COVID-19?

Coronavirus

WKBN

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN) – Several animals have made headlines during the pandemic with a COVID-19 diagnosis.

The most recent was a lion at the Akron Zoo. Health experts say the lion was likely infected by a zoo worker.

According to the CDC, the risk of getting COVID-19 from an animal is low, but scientists are still learning about the relationship. A human can spread the virus to an animal, especially when in close contact.

Recent experimental research shows that many mammals, including cats, dogs, bank voles, ferrets, fruit bats, hamsters, mink, pigs, rabbits, raccoon dogs, tree shrews and white-tailed deer can be infected with the virus.

Animals reported infected include:

  • Companion animals, including pet cats and dogs and one ferret.
  • Animals in zoos and sanctuaries, including several types of big cats, otters, and non-human primates.
  • Mink on mink farms.
  • Wild white-tailed deer in several U.S. states.

People with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife, according to the CDC.

At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19.

For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Download the FREE WOWK 13 News App

Washington DC Bureau

More Washington DC Bureau

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

Trending Stories