What is already known about this topic?
A small number of companion animals worldwide have been naturally infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
What is added by this report?
Two domestic cats with respiratory illnesses lasting 8 and 10 days are the first reported companion animals with SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States. Both cats were owned by persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and both cats fully recovered.
What are the implications for public health practice?
Human-to-animal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally occur. Animals are not known to play a substantial role in spreading COVID-19, but persons with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals. Companion animals that test positive for SARS-CoV-2 should be monitored and separated from persons and other animals until they recover.
Newman A, Smith D, Ghai RR, et al. First Reported Cases of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Companion Animals — New York, March–April 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 8 June 2020. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6923e3external icon.