- Title: "Very little risk" that pets can infect owners with COVID - WHO
- Date: 2nd July 2020
- Summary: ATHIS-MONS, FRANCE (FILE - MAY 27, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FRENCH CAT CALLED PAPILLE WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 IN HER OWNER FLORENCE'S ARMS MEOWING / FLORENCE LETTING CAT GO CAT PLAYING WITH OWNER
- Embargoed: 16th July 2020 18:26
- Keywords: COVID-19 WHO animals news conference pets
- Location: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- City: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CL482TJ
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- Story Text:There is 'very little risk' that pets can infect their owners with COVID-19, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (July 2).
Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told a Geneva news conference that felines, ferrets and "even tigers" have been infected with the disease.
"There is very little risk from domestic animals because there was some concern about domestic animals becoming a source of infection," she said.
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