cats will receive treatment for Covid-19

2023-08-04 08:53:14

The association of Cypriot veterinarians estimates that, on the island, a third of felines have died as a result of this disease.



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A cat in Istanbul (Turkey), July 26, 2023. (Illustration) (OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Unused human Covid-19 drugs will be made available to treat cats on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, where thousands of felines have died since January due to a mutation of the coronavirus, the government announced on Thursday (August 3rd). from the country. Following a recommendation from the Ministry of Agriculture, the government gave the green light for the use of these drugs.

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a strain of coronavirus not transmissible to humans, has taken its toll on the island’s cat population. “Stocks of medicines that have been used to treat human coronavirus cases and are no longer in use can be made available” sick felines, the government wrote in a statement.

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In the form of anti-Covid pills, the drugs will be provided by the veterinary services. Animal advocates on the island have been urging the Cypriot government for several months to take action to stem the outbreak. Officially, only 107 cases have been identified in the southern part of the island, Cypriot-Greek, according to the veterinary services of the Ministry of Agriculture. A number that does not reflect reality according to animal rights activists. The association of Cypriot veterinarians believes that“a third” cats on the island have died from this disease. According to specialists, there are just over a million cats in Cyprus, mainly stray cats.

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