TitleNatural Infection by SARS-CoV-2 in Companion Animals: A Review of Case Reports and Current Evidence of Their Role in the Epidemiology of COVID-19.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
Authorsde Morais, HAutran, Santos, APires Dos, Nascimento, NCannes do, Kmetiuk, LBach, Barbosa, DSoeiro, Brandão, PEduardo, Guimarães, AMarcia Sá, Pettan-Brewer, C, Biondo, AWelker
JournalFront Vet Sci
Date Published2020

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is the causative infectious agent of the current pandemic. As researchers and health professionals are still learning the capabilities of this virus, public health concerns arise regarding the zoonotic potential of SARS-CoV-2. With millions of people detected with SARS-CoV-2 worldwide, reports of companion animals possibly infected with the virus started to emerge. Therefore, our aim is to review reported cases of animals naturally infected with SARS-CoV-2, particularly companion pets, shedding light on the role of these animals in the epidemiology of COVID-19.

Alternate JournalFront Vet Sci
PubMed ID33195627
PubMed Central IDPMC7652926