Since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdowns, there has been a surge in pet adoptions across the United States, and in many places around the world. So how are the new owners doing?
The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, is found worldwide, and is particularly associated with cats. In humans, infection by the parasite can lead to developing a potentially fatal illness, toxoplasmosis.
It is likely that the owner infected the cat with the virus, although both have recently recovered.
The grey cat with shining green, crossed eyes, has become a favorite with visitors, including former US President Barack Obama, who was filmed stroking her during a trip in 2009.
The nine-year-old cat is the first known case of a pet being infected by the coronavirus in France.
Israel has an estimated stray cat population of over two million. Due to insufficient spaying and neutering policies, tens of thousands of kittens are born each year and often suffer on the street.
Israel is currently experiencing an intense heatwave and the city is adamant that “in Ramat Gan, nobody will be thirsty!”
Other animal infections with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, have been occasionally reported around the world during the current pandemic.
Once at the Pathological Institute, the sand cat was sent to the department of virology after initial testing showed a "high likelyhood" of coronavirus, based on the cat's initial symptoms.