Georgia Dog Becomes Second Canine COVID-19 Case In US

 Georgia Dog Becomes Second Canine COVID-19 Case In US

The novel coronavirus is also not sparing pet animals. Apparently, authorities have identified the second case of a dog contracting COVID-19 in the U.S..

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced on Wednesday (July 1) that a local dog has tested positive for the virus recently. The 6-year-old mixed breed canine tested positive but did not show any sign of the respiratory disease, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Although the dog did not show symptoms of COVID-19, health officials said that it had a sudden onset of neurological illness that progressed so quickly in a matter of days. The condition was what prompted the doctors to have the dog tested for COVID-19.

“Out of an abundance of caution, a SARS-CoV-2 test was performed on the dog. The presumptive positive result was confirmed by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory. While the dog did test positive for SARS-CoV-2, the progressive neurological illness was caused by another condition,” the DPH said in a statement.

To confirm the rare case, the state DPH worked with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A second dog by the same owner of the positive case was also tested by the officials even though it did not show any signs and symptoms of the coronavirus. The result of the test is still pending.

The first canine case was reported on June 2. The U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed at the time that a German shepherd in New York state had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the first animal case in the U.S. was a tiger at a New York Zoo, per the CDC. Other animals that have reportedly contracted the virus include pet cats and minks on multiple farms.

Even though multiple animals have already tested for COVID-19 in different places around the world, there is still no clear evidence to prove that these animals could transmit the virus to humans.

Animal experts warned that pugs and other dogs with flat faces and short necks are more likely to get the novel coronavirus than other breeds. Pixabay

Charmaine Lastimosa

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