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The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced recently the confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 in a Canada lynx at a zoo in Pennsylvania.

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The lynx, at the Pittsburgh Zoo, is the first Canada lynx confirmed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the United States.

The cat began displaying clinical signs including occasional coughing, but overall symptoms have been mild.

SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported in several animal species worldwide, mostly in animals that had close contact with a person with COVID-19.  At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended.

Based on the information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low.

SARS-CoV-2 transmission in cats

People with COVID-19 can spread the virus to animals during close contact.  It is important for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection.