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WSU and UW researchers look into how the coronavirus spreads from people to their pets

Olive, Jane Newton’s cat, gets tested for the coronavirus by veterinarians Katie Kuehl (black mask bands) and Julianne Meisner as part of a study to see how readily the disease passes from infected people to their pets. Newton, an ICU nurse in Seattle, tested positive for the virus in April and is now recovered. Results show Olive was not infected.

Researchers hope to collect samples from at least 100 pets across King County as part of a research project to understand the way the virus spreads to domestic animals.

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