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Volume 27, Number 7—July 2021

Cross-Sectional Serosurvey of Companion Animals Housed with SARS-CoV-2–Infected Owners, Italy

Barbara ColittiComments to Author , Luigi Bertolotti, Alessandro Mannelli, Gianmarco Ferrara, Andrea Vercelli, Andrea Grassi, Claudio Trentin, Saverio Paltrinieri, Chiara Nogarol, Nicola Decaro, Emiliana Brocchi, and Sergio Rosati
Author affiliations: University of Turin, Turin, Italy (B. Colitti, L. Bertolotti, A. Mannelli, S. Rosati); University of Naples, Naples, Italy (G. Ferrara); Clinica veterinaria Città di Torino, Turin, Italy (A. Vercelli); I-Vet srl Laboratorio di Analisi Veterinarie, Flero, Italy (A. Grassi); AUSL Valle d'Aosta, Aosta, Italy (C. Trentin); University of Milan, Milan, Italy (S. Paltrinieri); IN3Diagnostic, Turin (C. Nogarol); University of Bari, Bari, Italy (N. Decaro); Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna, Brescia, Italy (E. Brocchi)

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Table 1

Seropositivity among cats and dogs tested for antibodies against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, Italy, March–June 2020

Level of analysis
% Positivity among pets
Individual animal

Owners’ status*

Infected, n = 147
Not tested, n = 49
Animal species

Cat, n = 68
Dog, n = 130
Living conditions†

Indoor, n = 87
Outdoor, n = 51
Households tested, n = 156‡

Owners’ status

Infected, n = 111
Not tested, n = 45
Cats tested in the household

Yes, n = 51
No, n = 105
Dogs tested in the household

Yes, n = 114
No, n = 42 21.4

*Information on owners’ status was missing from 1 cat and 1 dog. Infected means positive molecular tests for the detection of SARS-Cov-2 in >1 owner in a household. Percent positivity at the household level was based on finding >1 seropositive animal. †Information on pets’ living conditions was missing for 43 dogs and 17 cats. ‡Households were considered positive if >1 pet was serologically positive. Households were divided into those in which >1 cat was tested and those in which >1 dog was tested.

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