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Citation: Junhua Deng, Yuxiu Liu, Chunyan Sun, Jingjing Bai, Jie Sun, Liying Hao, Xiangdong Li, Kegong Tian. SARS-CoV-2 Serological Survey of Cats in China before and after the Pandemic [J].VIROLOGICA SINICA, 2020, 35(6) : 846-848.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12250-020-00284-5

SARS-CoV-2 Serological Survey of Cats in China before and after the Pandemic

  • Corresponding author: Xiangdong Li, 007352@yzu.edu.cn, ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4635-1602
    Kegong Tian, tiankg@263.net, ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5362-1415
  • Received Date: 12 June 2020
    Accepted Date: 03 August 2020
    Published Date: 01 September 2020
    Available online: 01 December 2020
  • The high percentage of seropositivity of cats in Wuhan, the epicentre of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, could be due to the large number of infected human cases (more than 14 folds than that in other cities) (Table 1) where cats may have been more frequently exposed to SARS-CoV-2 patients or contaminated environment. As yet, SARS-CoV-2 serological prevalence of cats in other Chinese cities remains unknown. Therefore, a serological survey including more cities with numbers of SARS-CoV-2 human cases in China will be valuable for elucidating the role of cats in transmission of the viruses and relieve public concerns. In this study, 630 cat serum samples collected before November 2019 and 423 cat serum samples collected during SARS-CoV-2 outbreak (from February 2020 to April 2020) in 20 cities in China for detecting the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 specific antibodies.

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    SARS-CoV-2 Serological Survey of Cats in China before and after the Pandemic

      Corresponding author: Xiangdong Li, 007352@yzu.edu.cn
      Corresponding author: Kegong Tian, tiankg@263.net
    • 1. Luoyang Putai Biotechnology Co., Ltd, Luoyang 471003, China
    • 2. National Research Center for Veterinary Medicine, Luoyang 471003, China
    • 3. Jiangsu Co-innovation Center for Prevention and Control of Important Animal Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses, College of Veterinary Medicine, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China
    • 4. Joint International Research Laboratory of Agriculture and Agri-Product Safety, The Ministry of Education of China, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China

    Abstract: The high percentage of seropositivity of cats in Wuhan, the epicentre of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, could be due to the large number of infected human cases (more than 14 folds than that in other cities) (Table 1) where cats may have been more frequently exposed to SARS-CoV-2 patients or contaminated environment. As yet, SARS-CoV-2 serological prevalence of cats in other Chinese cities remains unknown. Therefore, a serological survey including more cities with numbers of SARS-CoV-2 human cases in China will be valuable for elucidating the role of cats in transmission of the viruses and relieve public concerns. In this study, 630 cat serum samples collected before November 2019 and 423 cat serum samples collected during SARS-CoV-2 outbreak (from February 2020 to April 2020) in 20 cities in China for detecting the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 specific antibodies.