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A pug in North Carolina may be the first dog in US to test positive for coronavirus

April 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A North Carolina family's pug may be the first dog in the United States to test positive for coronavirus, according to researchers.

(CNN)A North Carolina family's pug may be the first dog in the United States to test positive for coronavirus, according to researchers.

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.

Chris Woods, the principal investigator of the study, said researchers have also been collecting samples from family pets to see how coronavirus spreads in households.

Sam McClean, a researcher and emergency room doctor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the first member of the family to get sick, his wife Heather McClean said.

Winston tends to lick things and likes to spend more time around his family, Heather McClean said.

Schaffner said it would be a good idea for people who are sick to social distance themselves from their pets, as well as their family members.

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