Duke Health said Monday evening that it had detected the virus responsible for COVID-19 in a pet dog, possibly the first time the virus has been confirmed in a dog.
The discovery, first reported by WRAL, occurred in a Chapel Hill household in which mother, father and son enrolled in a Duke study and tested positive for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
The family decided to have their Winston pug tested as well after noticing that he made a gagging noise and did not eat breakfast one day, which was unusual for him, said mother Dr Heather McLean at the station. and a pediatrician Duke.
“To our knowledge, this is the first case in which the virus has been detected in a dog,” said Dr. Chris Woods, director of the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health, in a statement from Duke Health.
“Little additional information is known at this time as we work to learn more about the exhibit,” he said.
The family daughter, a second dog and a cat tested negative for the virus, according to WRAL. A lizard has not been tested.
New York tiger
The COVID-19 outbreak is believed to originate from a live animal market in China.
In the United States, the first known case in which an animal tested positive for the virus was a tiger with respiratory illness that could have been infected by an employee of the virus at a zoo in New York.
In general, federal centers for disease control and prevention report that the types of coronaviruses that infect animals rarely spread to humans and that the risk of acquiring COVID-19 from an animal is considered to be low.
Still, the CDC recommends that people treat their pets like family members.
“Do not allow animals to interact with people or animals outside the household,” he says. “If someone inside the household becomes ill, isolate them from everyone, including pets. “
He and his family were in good health on Monday, McLean told WRAL.
This is a developing story which will be updated as more information becomes available.