Los Angeles county well being division providing free COVID-19 testing for pets

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The Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being is providing free COVID-19 testing for pets who might have been uncovered to the virus.

Los Angeles well being officers introduced the initiative on Aug. 20, stating that it has just lately obtained funding to conduct the free COVIS-19 testing on pets.

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“Your pet may be eligible for free SARS-CoV-2 testing if they were exposed to a human or animal with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19,” the well being division tweeted. 

Funding comes from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, in keeping with its web site, which states that it’ll “support surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in animals in Los Angeles County.”

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is offering free COVID-19 testing for pets who may have been exposed to the virus.

The Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being is providing free COVID-19 testing for pets who might have been uncovered to the virus.
(Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being)

The division says that it plans to supply free testing to animal care services and facilities all through Los Angeles County, and states that animals together with “deer, bats, raccoons…dogs, cats, hamsters, pocket pets…seals,” might be examined.

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Pet house owners can request a free COVID-19 take a look at for his or her pet whether it is experiencing signs of the coronavirus or has been uncovered to a different animal, or human, who has the coronavirus.

Out of the 177 animals examined thus far, together with canines, cats, bats, raccoons, skunks, rats, and sea lions, none have examined constructive for COVID-19.

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