SARS-CoV-2 in Quarantined Domestic Cats from COVID-19 Households or Close Contacts, Hong Kong, China

Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Dec;26(12):3071-3074. doi: 10.3201/eid2612.202786. Epub 2020 Sep 16.


We tested 50 cats from coronavirus disease households or close contacts in Hong Kong, China, for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA in respiratory and fecal samples. We found 6 cases of apparent human-to-feline transmission involving healthy cats. Virus genomes sequenced from 1 cat and its owner were identical.

Keywords: COVID-19; China; Hong Kong; SARS-CoV-2; close contacts; coronavirus; coronavirus disease; domestic cats; households; pandemic; quarantine; respiratory infections; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; viruses; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • COVID-19 / transmission
  • COVID-19 / veterinary*
  • Cats*
  • Family Characteristics
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Pets*
  • Quarantine
  • SARS-CoV-2 / genetics
  • Viral Zoonoses