Animals and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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The following websites have good information on animal and COVID-19.

  • Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has compiled information from various sources for your reference to help support your business and to protect yourself, employees, and consumers.​
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC) has information on COVID-19 and animals, plus a lot more. Here is a list of key points:
    1. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
    2. Some coronaviruses that infect animals can sometimes be spread to people, but this is rare.
    3. We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first infections were thought to be linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now primarily spreading from person to person.
    4. The first case of an animal testing positive for the virus in the United States was a tiger that had a respiratory illness at a zoo in New York City.
    5. We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to people or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.
    6. CDC is aware of a very small number of pets outside the United States reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after close contact with people with COVID-19.
    7. Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.
    8. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by the virus that causes COVID-19 as well as how this might affect human health.
    9. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
    10. For more information, see COVID-19 and Animals Frequently Asked Questions.

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