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SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies in dogs and cats in the United Kingdom

Smith, Shirley L., Anderson, Enyia, Cansado-Utrilla, Cintia, Prince, Tessa, Farrell, Sean, Brant, Bethaney, Smyth, Steven, Noble, Peter-John M., Pinchbeck, Gina L., Marshall, Nikki, Roberts, Larry, Hughes, Grant ORCID:, Radford, Alan D. and Patterson, Ian ORCID: (2021) 'SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies in dogs and cats in the United Kingdom'. Current Research in Virological Science, Vol 2, p. 100011.

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Companion animals are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and sporadic cases of pet infections have occurred in the United Kingdom. Here we present the first large-scale serological survey of SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies in dogs and cats in the UK. Results are reported for 688 sera (454 canine, 234 feline) collected by a large veterinary diagnostic laboratory for routine haematology during three time periods; pre-COVID-19 (January 2020), during the first wave of UK human infections (April–May 2020) and during the second wave of UK human infections (September 2020–February 2021). Both pre-COVID-19 sera and those from the first wave tested negative. However, in sera collected during the second wave, 1.4% (n ​= ​4) of dogs and 2.2% (n ​= ​2) of cats tested positive for neutralising antibodies. The low numbers of animals testing positive suggests pet animals are unlikely to be a major reservoir for human infection in the UK. However, continued surveillance of in-contact susceptible animals should be performed as part of ongoing population health surveillance initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QW Microbiology and Immunology > Viruses > QW 160 Viruses (General). Virology
QW Microbiology and Immunology > Antigens and Antibodies. Toxins and Antitoxins > QW 575 Antibodies
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
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Depositing User: Mel Finley
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 12:58
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2021 13:00


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