Russian livestock breeders appealed to the National Union of Agricultural Insurers with a request to assess the risk of infection of agricultural animals with a new coronavirus. The Union forwarded the question to the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) and received an answer that the pandemic does not increase the risks of keeping livestock.
According to the Rosselkhoznadzor, all currently known cases of the detection of the COVID-19 virus in animals in the natural environment have been reported only for cats and dogs after they have been in contact with an infected person. As for farm animals, there are no such cases.
According to the General Directorate of Veterinary Medicine of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan, no cases of infection of animals have been detected in Tatarstan.
But farm owners are still advised to be vigilant, to observe veterinary and sanitary rules for keeping animals, as well as the recommendations of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Tatarstan on the organization of uninterrupted work on farms. In case of detection of sick or suspicious animals infected with COVID-19, it is imperative to inform the Veterinary Administration hotline by phone: 8 (800) 20-140-32.
Calls are also received from people with coronaviruses, including asymptomatic and mild illnesses that have pets.