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Cats more susceptible to coronavirus than dogs, scientists say

Chinese lab conducts experiments in search for clues to how virus reached humans

Charlie, a 15-year-old cat, is ready to be adopted at an animal shelter in Perwez, Belgium, April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman   © Reuters

Cats can be infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and can transmit it to other cats, say researchers in Northeast China who are investigating which animals the pathogen might have lived in before it infected humans. Dogs, on the other hand, appear less susceptible.

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