(SCOTLAND) #Coronavirus University of Glasgow Report: Scottish scientists have identified two cases where humans are thought to have passed #COVID19 to their cats #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Apr.27: Researchers at the University of Glasgow said both cats developed the virus after their owners:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Scientists find more evidence of human-to-cat transmission: They were of different breeds and lived in separate households. One displayed mild symptoms but the other had to be put down.

Scientists now want to improve understanding of whether pets can play a role in infecting humans: The cases were found as part of a screening programme of the feline population in the UK: Researchers believe both pets were infected by their owners, who had Covid-19 symptoms before the cats became unwell.

Ragdoll kitten
The first case was a four-month-old Ragdoll kitten (stock photo)

The study, published in the Veterinary Record, said there is currently no evidence of cat-to-human transmission or that cats, dogs or other domestic animals play any appreciable role in the epidemiology of human Covid infections.

But the scientists said domestic animals could potentially act as a “viral reservoir” allowing continued transmission, and said it was important to improve understanding of whether pets can play a role in infecting humans.

‘Relatively low risk’

Prof Margaret Hosie, from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research who was lead author of the study, said: “These two cases of human-to-animal transmission, found in the feline population in the UK, demonstrate why it is important that we improve our understanding of animal Sars-CoV-2 infection.

“Currently, animal-to-human transmission represents a relatively low risk to public health in areas where human-to-human transmission remains high.

“However, as human cases decrease, the prospect of transmission among animals becomes increasingly important as a potential source of Sars-CoV-2 reintroduction to humans.”

She added: “It is therefore important to improve our understanding of whether exposed animals could play any role in transmission.”

Getty ImagesThere have been reports of cats from Covid-positive households in countries including Hong Kong, Belgium, the USA, France and Spain

Researchers at the centre worked in partnership with the Veterinary Diagnostic Service (VDS) at the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine on the study.

The first cat was a four-month-old female Ragdoll kitten from a household in which the owner developed symptoms that were consistent with Covid at the end of March 2020, although they were not tested.

The kitten was taken to a vet with breathing difficulties in April 2020 but its condition deteriorated and it later had to be put down.

Post-mortem lung samples revealed damage consistent with a viral pneumonia and there was evidence of Sars-CoV-2 infection.

Mild symptoms

The second cat was a six-year-old female Siamese from a household where one owner tested positive for Covid-19.

The cat was taken to the vet with nasal discharge and conjunctivitis, but its symptoms remained mild and the cat later recovered.

Covid-19 infection was confirmed in a retrospective survey of swabs submitted to VDS between March and July 2020 for routine pathogen testing.

Scientists believe the two cases are likely to be an underestimate of the true frequency of human-to-animal transmission, as animal testing is limited.

MRCThe study was led from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

Since the pandemic began there have been reports of cats from Covid-positive households in countries including Hong Kong, Belgium, the USA, France and Spain that tested positive for the virus and were presumed to be infected from their owners.

Prof James Wood, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University said: “These are important and interesting findings, adding to the body of evidence that humans can infect their pets, in some cases, as here, leading to clinical disease in the animals.

“Cats and dogs have been reported to be infected. This is a high quality study, including whole genome sequencing to confirm transmission links.”

The study was funded by the Wellcome ISSF Covid Response Fund and supported by the Medical Research Council. 

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: Apr.27: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) ALERT: HSI & Interpol Join forces to warn the public against purchasing alleged #COVID19 vaccines and treatments online #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: With criminal groups producing, distributing and selling fake vaccines, the risks to the public are clear: these can include buying a product which not only does not protect against #COVID19, but poses a serious health hazard if ingested or injected. Such products are not tested, regulated or safety-checked:

Online vaccine scams: Homeland Security Investigations, INTERPOL issue public warning: Tempted to skip the line and buy your “COVID-19 Vaccine” online? Off-Channel Vaccines are: not tested; not regulated; not safety-checked.Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet.Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet.Criminals will put anything in vials to get your money. Don’t buy COVID-19 vaccines or so-called cures online. At best, they do nothing against COVID-19. At worst, they are harmful and dangerous to your health.

‘Be vigilant, be skeptical, be safe’

Tempted to skip the line and buy your "COVID-19 Vaccine" online? Off-Channel Vaccines are: not tested; not regulated; not safety-checked.
Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet.
Fact: You cannot find legitimate, approved COVID-19 vaccines for sale on the internet.
Criminals will put anything in vials to get your money. Don't buy COVID-19 vaccines or so-called cures online. At best, they do nothing against COVID-19. At worst, they are harmful and dangerous to your health.

Legitimate vaccines are not for sale. They are strictly administered and distributed by national healthcare regulators.“Counterfeit vaccines threaten the health of consumers who are duped by nefarious actors seeking to exploit the pandemic situation for financial gain. HSI and its law enforcement partners will vigorously investigate and seek prosecution for criminals taking advantage of the public’s quest for COVID-19 vaccinations and those who endanger the lives of the very people the vaccines are intended to protect,” said HSI Assistant Director, and Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, Steve Francis.

Anyone buying these products online also runs the risk of potentially giving their money to organized criminals.

Crime wave

“From the very beginning of the pandemic, criminals have preyed on people’s fears in order to make fast cash. Fake vaccines are the latest in these scams, which is why INTERPOL and HSI are warning the public to be extra vigilant,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock. “Anyone ordering a vaccine online rather than obtaining it from their national provider, will be buying a fake product.”

“The networks behind these crimes have global ambitions. No country or region can fight this type of crime alone. INTERPOL is assisting law enforcement around the world to both identify criminal networks and to dismantle them,” added Secretary General Stock.

Following a global alert issued by INTERPOL in late 2020 the world police body recently announced the first internationally linked arrests and seizures in connection with fake vaccines after criminal networks were disrupted in China and South Africa.

INTERPOL has also been receiving additional information on fake vaccine distribution and scam attempts targeting health bodies, including nursing homes.

“HSI will continue to work with INTERPOL to coordinate investigations targeting every level of the transnational criminal organizations trafficking in counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines,” added Francis.

Online scams

An emerging trend has seen cybercriminals set up illicit websites claiming to be legitimate national and/or world organizations offering pre-orders for vaccines against the COVID-19 virus. These websites offer payments in bitcoins and other payment processing methods.

Using trademark logos of major pharmaceutical companies producing approved COVID-19 vaccines, the fake websites are suspected of being used to conduct phishing attacks and/or dupe victims into giving charitable donations.

In addition to opening up their computer to cyberattacks when attempting to purchase alleged COVID-19 vaccines online, people also run the risk of having their identity stolen.

In December 2020, HSI seized two websites purporting to be those of biotechnology companies developing treatments for the COVID-19 virus. Instead they appeared to have been used to collect the personal information of individuals visiting the sites, in order to use the information for criminal purposes, including fraud, phishing attacks, and/or deployment of malware.

Ransomware attacks have also been conducted against hospitals, laboratories, local governments and other targets, remotely blocking computer systems and demanding a payment to release them.

Given the need for a global response against these types of cyber-enabled fraud and financial crime, INTERPOL created the Global Financial Crime Task Force (IGFCTF) in 2020 with member countries in order to enhance international cooperation and innovation with public and private sector partners.

To report suspected illicit criminal activity or fraudulent schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, email Covid19Fraud@dhs.gov.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.27: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: As over 400 MPs voted in Parliament on Thursday to renew and enhance #COVID19 restrictions with only 76-against today Friday UK has recorded another 70 coronavirus deaths, bringing the overall tally since the beginning of the pandemic to 126,515 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Mar.26: In total, more than 29 million people have now had their first dose of one of the available vaccines, while the number having gone on to receive their second has now passed three million:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Another 70 people die as 6,187 test positive for #Covid19 over the last 24 hours, the latest figures from the Department of Health show. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases to 4,325,315 with over half U.K. population now had there first jab according to the MetroUK today’

Friday: 26 Mar 2021 4:30 pm

Death toll Picture: Getty - PA
The UK recorded another 70 deaths and 6,187 cases in the last 24 hours (Picture: Getty/PA)

The update comes after the Government insisted it has absolute confidence in UK vaccine supplies, with all adults still on track to receive a first dose by the end of July.

Death / cases toll Picture: Getty
The overall death toll now stands at 126,515 (Picture: Getty)

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the UK’s vaccine programme will continue to be ‘world-leading’, despite a row with Europe over vaccine exports.

He told Good Morning Britain on Friday: ‘We are confident we have got the supplies that we need both to meet our mid-April target of vaccinating all the over-50s and those people with clinical vulnerabilities, and the bigger target, which is that every adult at least has had their first jab by the end of July.

‘Of course, anyone who has an appointment for a jab, either their first one or second one, there is no need to worry – those appointments will be honoured.’

LICHFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Members of the public receive their Covid-19 vaccinations at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire on February 26, 2021 in Lichfield, England. Lichfield Cathedral is one of many unusual venues that have been adapted for administering vaccines during the Covid-19, coronavirus pandemic. Over 19 million people in the United Kingdom have had their first Covid-19 vaccination, including 90 percent of over-70s. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Members of the public receive their Covid-19 vaccinations at Lichfield Cathedral (Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Death / cases toll Picture: Getty
More than 6,000 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours (Picture: Getty)

Meanwhile, the Government has denied reports from France that the UK could struggle to secure second doses due to the row in the EU.

A spokesman said: ‘We’re on track to meet our vaccination targets and everyone will get their second dose within 12 weeks of their first.’

It comes as new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate around one in 340 people in private households in England had Covid-19 in the week to March 20 – unchanged on the previous week, suggesting a levelling off.

The picture remains broadly similar in Wales and Northern Ireland, with a slight rise in infections in Scotland.

According to the latest Government figures, the reproduction number – the R value – across the UK is between 0.7 and 0.9. This is compared to 0.6 to 0.9 last week.

#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: Mar.26: 2021:

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