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First COVID-19 case in a dog confirmed by USDA

First COVID-19 case in a dog confirmed by USDA Photo: MGN.

WHECTV
Updated: June 03, 2020 04:16 PM
Created: June 03, 2020 03:51 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in a dog.

The German shepherd lives in New York State.

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Samples were taken after the dog showed signs of respiratory illness.

The USDA says one of the dog's owners also tested positive for the virus.

A second dog in the house has tested positive for antibodies.

The infected dog is expected to make a full recovery.

Other animals that have tested positive for COVID-19 include a tiger, a lion and two cats, all in New York.

Experts say there's no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus.


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