Case report of COVID-19 transmission from sneezing cat

Kirk Taylor, HIV i-Base

Please, no laughing, this is not funny.

Researchers report the unfortunate case of a young vet in Taiwan who caught COVID-19 after being sneezed on by one of their less considerate feline clients.

The hypothesis is supported by genome analysis and the paper is available as an open access article online.


Such transmission events are rare, but this case report provides evidence that domestic pets can serve as an additional source of COVID-19.

COVID-19 has been detected in multiple animal species, including cats, dogs, tigers, lions and mink. Combined with evidence for reverse zoonoses (human-to-animal transmission), it is important to consider additional zoonotic transmission routes. These events are rare, and cats appear to have shorter infectious periods, shedding lower levels of virus overall.

Ref: Sila, T. et al. Suspected Cat-to-Human Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, Thailand, July-September 2021 Emerg Infect Dis . 2022 Jul;28(7):1485-1488.  doi: 10.3201/eid2807.212605.  Epub 2022 Jun 6.

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