Two cats in the U.S. state of New York have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a report published Wednesday.

The diagnoses mark the first confirmed infections in companion animals, according to The Associated Press, which based its story on exclusive comments from federal officials.

The cats had mild respiratory ailments and are expected to fully recover after contracting the virus from people in their household or neighborhood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the AP.

Health officials stressed there is no current evidence to suggest the animals

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