As the novel Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19 continues to spread, a cat is now at the receiving end, after it was reportedly infected with the virus by its owner in Belgium.
Reports say the cat became the first known pet to test positive for the disease.
The cat was infected by its owner, a Belgian woman, according the Brussels Times.
“The veterinary medicine faculty in Liège reported that a coronavirus infection has been determined in a cat. The cat lived with her owner, who started showing symptoms of the virus a week before the cat did,” the newspaper quoted professor Steven Van Gucht of the FPS Public Health to have said during a press briefing.
The cat was said to have tested positive after showing symptoms of COVID-19.
“The cat had diarrhoea, kept vomiting and had breathing difficulties. The researchers found the virus in the cat’s faeces,” said Gucht.
The pet reportedly came down with the disease a week after its owner fell sick due to the virus.
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