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'Very little risk' that pets can infect owners with COVID, WHO says

Friday, July 03, 2020, 16:26 GMT+7
'Very little risk' that pets can infect owners with COVID, WHO says
Home veterinarian Wendy Jane McCulloch examines 8-year-old cat Ivy at the closed Botanica Inc. office as she makes client home visits in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., March 31, 2020. Photo: Reuters

GENEVA -- There is ‘very little risk’ that pets can infect their owners with COVID-19, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told a Geneva news conference that felines, ferrets and “even tigers” have been infected with the disease.

“There is very little risk from domestic animals because there was some concern about domestic animals becoming a source of infection,” she said.

Reuters

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