After the news got out, social media users fear that people are abandoning their pets because of misinformation.
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Recently the authorities of the Secretariat for Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) confirmed the first positive cases of pets affected by COVID-19. There were three dogs: two are in the CDMX and one in the state of Mexico.
The verification was carried out after the diagnostic tests of Coronavirus (PCR for its acronym in English) and that they were positive. It is estimated that the cause of the infections lay with their owners.
In addition, there were reportedly a total of 25 reports of possible Infections in dogs, cats, and even a Bengal tiger (Belonging to a zoo). However, only the three dogs mentioned were positive, making them the first animals to be affected by the coronavirus in Mexico.
That is why Roberto Navarro López, director of the USA-Mexico Commission for the Prevention of Foot and Mouth Disease and Other Exotic Animal Diseases (CPA), said in an interview with Millennium News that it is important to take care of pets and that if the owners do become infected with the virus, keep out of contact so as not to infect them.
However, the news aroused the concern of social network users as they fear that pets will become more abandoned for fear of contagion. This is despite the fact that no evidence has yet been found to confirm that pets are carriers and affect humans.
It’s worth noting that according to the Environmental and Territorial Ordinance Law Firm (PAOT), during the health emergency due to COVID-19, pet abandonment increased by 20 percent.