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researchers working with County Health Departments start conducting study on cats and dogs that live in homes with confirmed human COVID-19 cases

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - AstroBug -- Coronavirus Door To Door Testing Starts

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Dr. Sarah Hamer epidemiologist team are testing dogs and cats for coronavirus.

We're actively enrolling new pets every day, making house visits nearly every day of the week.

Dr. Sarah Hamer, an epidemiologist, told KBTX  that her teams are testing dogs and cats in homes where coronavirus has infected at least one person.

researchers at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science confirmed the first cats  have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

They also believe these would be the first two cats that have tested positive for Coronavirus in Texas.

"In both cases, cats were asymptomatic," said Dr. Hamer. "I can say that after we sampled, the owner let us know that one of the cats was sneezing for a few days after we left the house."

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The veterinary researchers started working with County Health Departments to start conducting a study on cats and dogs that live in homes with confirmed human COVID-19 cases

She said now that they know there's a chance for pets to become infected in COVID-positive homes, pet owners should be cautious if they become infected, but that they should not worry.

when we do find out that a pet is positive, we would work with those owners to take preventative measures to make sure that that pet is staying home, it's not interacting with other pets and is isolating in the same way that positive people would isolate," said Dr. Hamer.

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