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Confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Animals in the United States

The table below lists cases of SAR-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans) in animals that have been confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories. Only the first animal of a species at a single facility, home or location will be reported in the table.

SARS-CoV-2 is considered to be an emerging disease by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). USDA must report confirmed animal infections in the United States to the OIE. We are still learning about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 in people, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. A small number of animals worldwide, have been reported to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. More information on COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/animals/pets-other-animals.html

Type of Animal Date Confirmed State Method of Initial Diagnosis*
Tiger~,a April 4, 2020 New York PCR
Lion~,a April 15, 2020 New York
PCR
Cat~ April 22, 2020 New York
PCR
Cat~ April 22, 2020 New York
PCR
Dog~,b June 1, 2020 New York PCR, Ab
Cat~ June 1, 2020 Minnesota PCR
Cat~ June 4, 2020 Illinois PCR
Dog~ June 24, 2020 New York Ab
Dog~ June 24, 2020 New York Ab
Dog~
July 1, 2020 Georgia PCR
Dog~
July 8, 2020 Texas PCR
Cat~
July 8, 2020 California PCR
Dog~
July 9, 2020 South Carolina PCR
2 Cats and 1 Dog~
July 22, 2020 1  Utah Ab
Cat~
July 22, 2020 1  Utah Ab
Cat~
July 22, 2020 1  Utah Ab
Dog~
July 22, 2020 1  Utah Ab
Dog~
July 22, 2020 1  Wisconsin Ab
Dog~
July 22, 2020 1  Wisconsin Ab
Dog~
July 22, 2020 1  North Carolina Ab
Cat~
July 21, 2020 1  Texas PCR
Dog~
July 15, 2020  Arizona PCR

PCR: real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction; Ab: virus neutralizing antibody
~ Animal had exposure to a probable or confirmed human with COVID-19.
Another three tigers and two lions at the same facility were all confirmed with SARS-CoV-2.
A second dog in the household showed no signs of illness; virus neutralizing antibodies were also identified in that dog
1 Samples collected as part of planned and targeted active surveillance of a specific animal, with known or suspected exposures to a person with COVID-19 or other exposure to SARS-CoV-2, to better understand risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 transmission.
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