Coronavirus USA Updates: Family’s dog thought to be 1st in US to test positive for COVID-19

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Coronavirus USA Updates: Family's dog thought to be 1st in US to test positive for COVID-19
Coronavirus USA Updates: Family's dog thought to be 1st in US to test positive for COVID-19

The novel coronavirus has been detected in a family’s pet dog taking part in a research study at Duke University in North Carolina, officials said.

The animal is participating in the “Molecular and Epidemiological Study of Suspected Infection.” Dr. Chris Woods, the lead investigator of the study, said he believes it’s the country’s first known positive case of COVID-19 in a canine.

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“To our knowledge, this is the first instance in which the virus has been detected in a dog,” Woods told ABC News in a statement Tuesday. “Little additional information is known at this time as we work to learn more about the exposure.”

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