A North Carolina family's pug may be the first dog in the United States to test positive for coronavirus, according to researchers.
Three members of the McClean family contracted Covid-19 last month. Sydney McClean, the couple's daughter, was the only family member to never show any symptoms.
The family found out their dog, Winston, tested positive for the virus too after they participated in a Duke University study about Covid-19 aimed at trying to find potential treatments and vaccines.
"His (Winston's) amount of virus that we detected was very low, suggesting that he would not be a likely mechanism or vector of transmission of virus to either other animals or to, to humans in these households," said Chris Woods, the principal investigator of the study.
Experts have stressed that there is no evidence that pets play a part in transmitting coronavirus.
Other animals that have tested positive include:
- Two cats in New York
- Eight lions and tigers tested at the Bronx Zoo
- Two dogs under quarantine in Hong Kong
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