Qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens
in nasal and/or throat secretions of Cats
Test Applicable to: Cats
Sample: Nasal and / or throat secretions
SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the group of β-coronaviruses and causes COVID-19 in humans. Individual transmissions to the cat are reported. However, transmission from cats to humans has not yet been confirmed. Until this is finally clarified, a potential risk of transmission can be assumed (risk of zoonosis). In accordance with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the risk of transmission from susceptible pets to humans is considered to be low (source: FLI 04/2020).
The Feline Coronavirus (FCoV) belongs to the group of α-coronaviruses and has no serological cross-reactivity to SARS-CoV-2.
By testing for antigens in nasal or throat secretions, more infected animals can be identified: The antigen detection can be positive shortly after the incubation phase (2–14 days, Ø 5 days) if IgG cannot yet be detected. This means that infected animals can be isolated at an early stage.
The present test provides valuable information about a possible infection of cats with SARS-CoV-2. However, it can only be used for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens in nasal and/or throat swabs. Clarification of a positive test result by RT-PCR is always necessary to determine an infection. In Germany, due to reporting requirements if positive results occur, clarification by the National Reference Laboratory for SARS-CoV-2 infections in domestic animals at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, Riems Island, is mandatory. Please check the requirements of your country!
Based on specific monoclonal antibodies, the FASTest® SARS-CoV-2 Ag is an important diagnostic tool for the clarification of clinical suspected SARS-CoV-2 cases in cats.