Tracking the SARS-CoV-2 virus in
animals in 2023


 


microscopic image of a virus


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has
been infecting many animal species, not just humans. For
example, the virus has spread to deer in the USA. It is estimated that about 40% of
dogs and cats end up becoming infected when their
owners are infected.


 


It is possible that new variants may emerge from that could
infect humans. Therefore, it is important to
continue to test animals for the virus in LA County, including
wildlife and pets.


 


Free testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Animals in LA County


In 2023 the LA County Veterinary Public Health Program (VPH)
received funding to provide free testing for
SARS-CoV-2 in animals in LA County and those arriving at LAX
Airport.  Click on the two blue buttons below to learn
more. Scroll to the table below to see test results from
these programs.


 



Learn about free SARS-CoV-2 testing for animals               

Learn about free testing of animals imported through LAX for SARS-CoV-2


 

SARS-CoV-2
in Animals:

Testing
Results Summary for SARS-CoV-2 in Animals in LA
County from June 1 – November 28, 2023



























 
Number Tested
Species
SARS-CoV-2 Negative

SARS-CoV-2 Positive
Pets    
Cat 9 0
Dog 60 1*
Guinea
Pig
63 0
Hamster 11  
1**
Rabbit 39 1*
Wildlife    
Coyote 11   1*
Deer 1 0
Gopher 1 0
Mouse 1 0
Opossum 19 0
Raccoon 19 0
Rat 3 0
Skunk 9 0
Squirrel 36 0
Marine
Mammals
   

Dolphin

1

0

Sea Lion

1

0
Zoo
Animals
   

Chimpanzee
5 0
TOTAL 289 4*

All samples tested at LA County
Public Health Laboratory.


*Positive but not confirmed
by the USDA National Veterinary
Services Laboratory (NVSL). 


**Pending confirmation by
NVSL.


 


More data


  • Data from earlier
    SARS-CoV-2 testing program
    in animals in LA County. 
    Surveillance program was in effect from


    May 2022- March 2023
    ,

    supported by a grant from
    CSTE:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/vet/animalCOVID19surv.htm


  • Data on SARS-CoV-2 in animals across
    the USA.

    Confirmed Cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Animals in the United
    States
    * – from USDA-APHIS.

    • *Note
      that USDA date does not
      contain all positive results
      from all animals in the USA
      – it only includes cases
      confirmed by USDA
      laboratories. Some cases in
      animals tested positive at
      various laboratories but
      were not re-tested by USDA.
      This was especially true
      earlier in the pandemic when
      testing demand was high and
      resources were limited.


     


Information for Pet Owners:


  


Information for Veterinarians/Veterinary Staff:



Toolkit: One Health Approach to Address Companion
Animals with SARS-CoV-2
– CDC


 


Information about COVID-19 in humans


 


Last updated: November 30, 2023

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