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Animals Shouldn't Pose Virus Threat To Pet Owners, Farmers

Precautions can reduce risk to animals and people


April 16, 2020

Farmers and pet owners who may be concerned that they can contract COVID-19 from domestic animals – such as livestock, dogs and cats – have little to worry about, according to a virologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Public concerns arose after the Bronx Zoo announced this week that a tiger had tested positive for the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the country. But Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, pointed out that the tiger is thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo employee who since has tested positive...

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