No evidence animals can transmit COVID-19 to humans: Expert

No evidence animals can transmit COVID-19 to humans: Expert

Illustration - Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan looks at the condition of the Sumatran Tigers, Tino and Hari, after being exposed to COVID-19 at the Ragunan Wildlife Park, on Sunday (August 1, 2021). ANTARA/HO-Diskominfotik DKI Jakarta Provincial Government

Theoretically, it is very possible. But we currently have no evidence of whether there has been animal-to-human transmission
Jakarta (ANTARA) - There is no evidence indicating that COVID-19 can be transmitted by infected animals to humans, although preventive measures must still be taken, stated Prof. I Gusti Ngurah Mahardika, a virologist and molecular biologist at Udayana University.

 

"Theoretically, it is very possible. But we currently have no evidence of whether there has been animal-to-human transmission," Mahardika said to ANTARA on Tuesday.

 

He also stressed the need for specific prevention and handling measures for animals before they become sources of transmission to humans, through inspecting their condition and immediately vaccinating them.

 

"Therefore, we must immediately develop a vaccine for animals," he added.

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Two Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at the Ragunan Wildlife Park in Jakarta were confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 on July 15, 2021.

 

Animals have also been infected with COVID-19 in other countries, such as gorillas at the San Diego Zoo and tigers at the Bronx Zoo in the United States. COVID-19 infections have also been confirmed in pets, such as cats in Europe and dogs in Hong Kong, which contracted the virus from their owners.

 

Several countries have injected animals with COVID-19 vaccines, such as Russia, which used the Carnivac-Cov vaccine, and the US, where the Oakland Zoo in California used the Zoetis-manufactured vaccine.


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