- Another dog tested positive for COVID-19, and this time around, it is a mixed-breed from Georgia
- Government agencies confirmed that the said pet dog contracted the virus, which led to the pet's euthanization
- Reports stated that the dog developed neurological issues because of the virus
- The first dog in the said country to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 was a German Shepherd
Government agencies in the U.S. including the state’s Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with prestigious schools like the University Of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Georgia Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), confirmed that a pet dog, a mixed-breed, contracted the deadly coronavirus. Officials stated that it was the second dog in the US known to have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.
According to Forbes, the mixed-breed dog was reported to have suddenly developed a neurological illness that rapidly progressed in just a few days, prompting the owners to have it humanely euthanized. The dog’s owners revealed they tested positive for coronavirus lately but their pet did not show any signs of respiratory disease.
Out of caution, they decided to subject their dog to a SARS-CoV-2 test and the presumptive positive result was recently confirmed by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory. Although the dog was SARS-CoV-2 positive, its progressive neurological disease is said to have been caused by another condition.
Fox5Atlanta said they have another dog in their household and that particular pet has also been subjected by the owners to coronavirus testing. The owners said, however, that their other dog did not show any signs of acute illness. According to state officials, the household’s second dog had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.
On June 2, a German shepherd in New York became officially the first dog in the country to test positive for coronavirus infection, according to the USDA. Officials said the shepherd was expected to bounce back anytime soon after it showed respiratory illness symptoms.
Health experts admit they have little knowledge about coronavirus infection in animals, though it is believed the animals are less likely to transmit the virus to humans. Officials advise, however, those pet owners who test positive for COVID-19 should take all necessary precautions if there are animals in their household.
In the Philippines, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine because of the pandemic, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have also died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
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