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WHO Says 'Very Little Risk' that Pets Can Infect Owners with Coronavirus

A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO). (Reuters)

A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO). (Reuters)

Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told a Geneva news conference that felines, ferrets and "even tigers" have been infected with the disease.

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  • Last Updated: July 2, 2020, 10:44 PM IST
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There is 'very little risk' that pets can infect their owners with COVID-19, the chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told a Geneva news conference that felines, ferrets and "even tigers" have been infected with the disease.

"There is very little risk from domestic animals because there was some concern about domestic animals becoming a source of infection," she said.

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