pigs are considered suspect as with the Spanish Flu / Swine Fever outbreak in 1918 .Its seems able to jump species . From intelligence it broke out from Wuhan's livestock market , from what animal its not clear as they eat everything and anything , but pigs are considered suspect as with the Spanish Flu / Swine Fever outbreak in 1918 . We do and can catch similar virus' from cats and as mentioned above we have a tiger in Bronx Zoo that tested positive after having a cough . So far only mild symptoms are showing but if cats can carry the virus ,they can pass it on to humans and possibly mutate it . Cats also have a natural propensity to roam and don't understand lock downs and the feral population has been left unchecked . Tests on other migratory species must also continue and could be both a good and bad thing for the wildfowlers in the shooting community .
I'm hoping this doesn't lead to people abandoning their pets , simply because a member of the cat family has the virus , as they may also provide the answer .
Wouldn't go down too well here...Cat and dog and humans have been in semi-isolation...bloody delivery drivers will keep patting the dog thoughYears ago when there was concern of rabies crossing the channel, serious consideration was given to developing an emergency protocol which would empower the state to enforce the destruction of all dogs and cats in the UK in order to prevent the disease spreading
The moment I read about the possibility of Covid being transmissible between animal species I was reminded of that old protocol
Can't imagine it doing down too well !
A worldwide problem and not confined to the pig processing industry.pigs are considered suspect as with the Spanish Flu / Swine Fever outbreak in 1918 .
I am wondering about the cause of the big outbreak in Germany this last week at a few large slaughterhouses with Romanian/Bulgarians almost slave labouring doing the work then living in slumlord crowded tenement conditions every night.
There is always the potential for a swine flu epidemic, and the media will be in full swing about this (for a number of reasons) as the flu season approaches.Spix, are you tracking this?
Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53218704