Today (20 June 2022), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saranu Choosri, an infectious disease specialist Department of Internal Medicine Faculty of Medicine and Assistant Dean hospital department Faculty of Medicine Prince of Songkla University Addressing the case of the New York Times, the famous US media. Citing a report on a study in Thailand that found people infected with COVID-19 from cats in 2021, the report cited research from Prince of Songkla University. Recently published on June 6, 2022 through the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), with that. Thailand is likely to be the first country to experience COVID-19 infection, which is thought to be a “cat-to-human” infection.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dr. Saranu said that the spread of infection from cats to people. The incident happened on August 4, 2021, when a 10-year-old cat was living with two owners in Bangkok when the owner contracted COVID-19 and at that time in the Bangkok area, there were quite limited treatment beds. Therefore, he planned to treat his relatives in Songkhla Province, where the two patients were in a private car from Bangkok with the said cat. Until on August 8, 2021, he was admitted to the ward for COVID-19 at Songkhla Nakarin Hospital and the veterinarian was afraid that the cat might be infected. anal Confirmed results of COVID-19 infection
But while collecting the specimens, the cat sneezed, which at that time the veterinarian who wear a mask tightly but not wearing face Like the other two officers who served as assistants, three days later, or on June 13, 2021, the veterinarian started showing symptoms of fever, cough and runny nose two days later and was examined. and found to be infected with COVID-19 by receiving treatment The cat at that time No runny nose, cough, eat normally.
As for the two veterinary assistants, from 2 examinations, no infection was found. This shows that the chances of infection from cats are low. If not really in close contact, which on August 22, 2021, the patient and the veterinarian treated for 7 days and was discharged from the hospital. From the follow-up period, it was found that no side effects no complications And the cat is normal and healthy.
It was found that the COVID-19 infection in cats at that time was a Delta species. By testing the genetic characteristics of COVID-19 found in cat owners, cats and veterinarians, it was found that they were the same type. And from the comparison with the samples that exist in the community, it is not found that the genetic characteristics are the same, so it is believed that it is not from a community outbreak. But it’s a human-to-cat and cat-to-human epidemic.
Although it was found that there was a low risk of transmission from cats to humans. or from person to cat including other pets, especially mammals If the pet owner is sick, avoid close contact with the pet. The study found that In the case of an infected cat No sneezing, coughing or runny nose symptoms were found, so the risk was low. and was detected in the rectum thus showing that the infection will come out through the feces Usually the babysitter will not come into contact with the pet’s faeces. But it is recommended to wash your hands with soap and alcohol.