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First canine that examined optimistic for coronavirus in US dies


New York: A German shepherd in New York that had the primary confirmed case of COVID-19 in a canine within the US has died.

Robert and Allison Mahoney of Staten Island advised Nationwide Geographic that their 7-year-old shepherd, Buddy, developed respiratory issues in mid-April after Robert had been sick with the coronavirus for a number of weeks. A veterinarian examined Buddy in Might and located him optimistic for the virus.

The US Division of Agriculture reported in June {that a} German shepherd in New York state was the primary canine within the nation to check optimistic for COVID-19, however didn’t determine the homeowners.

Buddy’s well being declined steadily after he developed respiratory issues and thick nasal mucus in April. He was euthanized on July 11 after he began vomiting clotted blood, the Mahoneys advised Nationwide Geographic.

It is unknown if the coronavirus performed a job in his demise. Blood assessments indicated Buddy doubtless had lymphoma, a most cancers of the immune system, veterinarians advised the household.

A spokesman for the New York Metropolis Division of Well being stated preparations had been made to take the canine’s physique for a necropsy however when the directions had been shared with the veterinarian, the physique had already been cremated.

A USDA database of confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus in animals in america consists of 12 canine, 10 cats, a tiger and a lion. The company says there’s at the moment no proof that animals play a major function in spreading the coronavirus nevertheless it seems the virus can unfold from folks to animals in some conditions.


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