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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.

Researchers at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute said they were able to infect an 8-month-old cat with the virus after placing it in a cage adjacent to three others they had given large doses, as part of a broader study on which animals can host and transmit the novel coronavirus.

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