Quarantine area for Covid-19 infected animals. It’s incredible what country made this decision!


Riyadh al Shayab, director of Irbid Province’s Department of Agriculture, said Friday that the ministry made the decision after detecting the first case of coronavirus in a domestic dog on Thursday.

“The dog was transferred from its owner’s home in Ramtha (north) to the new quarantine area, which is ready to house other animals that could contract the coronavirus,” the Jordanian official said.

Al Shayab stressed that this “forested area” of quarantine, dedicated to animals, “meets all the requirements and standards recommended by animal rights groups and organizations,” without giving further details about the type of care that animals placed in isolation.

Jordan on Thursday reported the first case of COVID-19 in a domestic animal, amid an escalation of infections in the country, which has seen 279 new infections in the last 24 hours, the highest number since the pandemic broke out.

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Jordanian authorities have taken severe measures to deal with rising cases of COVID-19, such as suspending schooling, banning events such as weddings and closing mosques, and recreational facilities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Jordan registered a total of 4,131 cases and 27 deaths caused by the new coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Health, writes Agerpres.

We remind you that people infected with COVID-19 can transmit the disease to pets, cats or dogs they live with, according to a study published on Friday, according to AFP.

The new coronavirus is a zoonosis, an infectious disease transmitted from animal to human. Although pets do not seem to play an important role in its spread, more and more data show that cats, dogs and even tigers can contract the virus.

In a new study, which will be presented at a scientific conference but not published in a journal with a reading committee, Canadian veterinary researchers tested the pets of people infected with the new coronavirus or who had showed symptoms associated with COVID-19.

In a first group, for which the diagnosis was not older than two weeks, they examined the presence of the virus (by a PCR test) in 17 cats, 18 dogs and a ferret. All tests came out negative, except for one, which was inconclusive.

In contrast, in a second group of eight cats and ten dogs, where the owners’ diagnosis was older, serological tests revealed the presence of IgG antibodies (indices of an older infection) in four cats and two dogs and IgM antibodies. (the mark of a more recent infection) in three cats.

All cats carrying antibodies as well as one of the dogs had shown symptoms of the disease, especially respiratory, at the same time as the owners.

“Although the number of participants was limited (…), these preliminary results suggest that a significant proportion of pets living with people with COVID-19 develop antibodies,” said Dorothee Bienzle, a professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario.


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