Urology Research & Practice
GENERAL UROLOGY - Invited Review

COVID-19 and animals: What do we know?


Department of Urology, Gaziosmanpaşa Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Surgery, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Faculty of Veterinary, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Urology, Haydarpaşa Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Urology, Florence Nightingale Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Urology, İstanbul University İstanbul School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Urol Res Pract 2020; 46: 249-252
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2020.140520
Read: 4024 Downloads: 800 Published: 15 May 2020

Coronaviruses, which were generally considered harmless to humans before 2003, have appeared again with a pandemic threatening the world since December 2019 after the epidemics of SARS and MERS. It is known that transmission from person to person is the most important way to spread. However, due to the widespread host diversity, a detailed examination of the role of animals in this pandemic is essential to effectively fight against the outbreak. Although coronavirus infections in pets are known to be predominantly related to the gastrointestinal tract, it has been observed that there are human-to-animal transmissions in this outbreak and some animals have similar symptoms to humans. Although animal-to-animal transmission has been shown to be possible, there is no evidence of animal-to-human transmission.

Cite this article as: Gönültaş S, Karabağlı M, Baştuğ Y, Çilesiz NC, Kadıoğlu A. COVID-19 and animals: What do we know? Turk J Urol 2020; 46(4): 249-52.

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