Information received on 22/10/2020 from Dr Oscar Eduardo Videla Pérez, Jefe de División de Protección Pecuaria, Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero, Ministerio de Agricultura, Santiago, Chile
Report type Immediate notification (Final report)
Date of start of the event 01/05/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 01/10/2020
Report date 22/10/2020
Date submitted to OIE 22/10/2020
Date event resolved 08/06/2020
Reason for notification Emerging disease
Morbidity 5 (scale 0 to 5)
Mortality 0 (scale 0 to 5)
Zoonotic impact Zoonotic potential currently unknown
Causal agent SARS-CoV-2
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (Único foco) Santiago, Santiago , Santiago, Metro. De Santiago
Date of start of the outbreak 01/05/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (08/06/2020)
Epidemiological unit Not applicable
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cats 3 3 0 0 0
Affected population Viral RNA was detected by RT-PCR in cat n°1 (with a closer link with one of the owners) in nasal secretions and faeces. Four and five days after this finding, viral RNA was detected in the other two cats (n°2 and n°3), also in nasal secretions and faeces. During monitoring and successive sampling carried out on the animals, persistence of viral excretion is observed for 4 days (cat 1), 7 days (cat 2) and 16 days (cat 3). After that, the virus became undetectable in samples from these animals.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cats 3 3 0 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Cats 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Transmission from human to animal suspected
Epidemiological comments Within a research carried out by a State University on domestic animals in COVID-19 positive homes, three domestic cats were sampled five days after the occurrence of symptoms in their owners (two people) who were COVID-19 positive. After the molecular results, the isolates from the owners and the animals were sequenced and a genetic cluster between them was established.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Quarantine
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, United States of America (Foreign laboratory) Cats virus sequencing 01/10/2020 Positive
FAVET (Private Laboratory) Cats polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 08/06/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is resolved. No more reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations