Pets can catch the mysterious new virus that has already killed almost 200 people, according to a Chinese expert who has urged people to monitor their domesticated animals.Li Lanjuan, an epidemiologist and member of the team China has assembled to confront the new coronavirus, claimed the bug, dubbed 2019-nCoV, can be transmitted from mammal to mammal. She did not say if there had been cases of infected pets. The World Health Organization (WHO) has previously stated there is no evidence that pets, like dogs or cats, can be infected with the virus. It’s not clear if 2019-nCoV “has any impact on the health of animals and no particular event has been reported in any species,” the agency said. Newsweek has contacted China’s National Health Commission for comment.Lanjuan told China Central Television, according to a translation by China Daily: “If pets go out and have contact with an infected person, they have the chance to get infected. By then, pets need to be isolated. In addition to people, we should be careful with other mammals especially pets.”Since workers at a wholesale food market in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, started to fall ill late last year, the new coronavirus has… Read full this story
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