South Korea reported its first case of an animal Covid-19 infection after a household cat tested positive for the virus, according to the country's Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA.)
The cat tested positive for Covid-19 on January 21, KDCA said in a news release Monday.
Three cats were tested after their owners -- a mother and her daughter -- tested positive for the virus. One of the three animals also tested positive.
The prayer home where the cats live is located in South Korea's South Gyeongsang province, where the mother and daughter also stayed. At least 112 Covid-19 cases have been linked to the prayer home in the past week, KDCA added.
The cat has been separated from other cats to prevent spread within a pet care shelter.
KDCA said there has been no reports of pets infecting humans, but the care unit is looking after the infected cat with PPE gear as a preventative measure.
Health authorities and the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency will work on a Covid-19-related guideline for pets.