COVID-19 In Dogs: First Scientific Evidence

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COVID-19 In Dogs: First Scientific Evidence
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COVID-19 in dogs: first scientific evidence

Scientists have published information on dogs that contracted the coronavirus in February and March in Hong Kong.

COVID-19 in dogs: first scientific evidence
COVID-19 in dogs: first scientific evidence


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the new coronavirus was detected in Hong Kong in two dogs. In the journal Nature, scientists have published detailed reports of these cases for the first time.

In Hong Kong, people who were hospitalized for COVID-19 were able to leave their pets to government services. By the end of March, 15 dogs had gone through such quarantine. All dogs were tested for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and two animals tested positive.

The first dog with confirmed COVID-19 was a 17-year-old Pomeranian. According to the report, the dog had a number of severe comorbidities, including hypertension, endocrine disorders, and chronic kidney disease. The owner of the dog was diagnosed with COVID-19 on February 12, and the spitz was diagnosed on February 24. During the quarantine, the dog felt fine, but she died two days after "discharge."

Spitz was tested for coronavirus multiple times. No virus was detected in the animal's feces. The number of viruses in the nasopharynx was small, scientists were unable to cultivate them. Based on this, scientists suggest that the likelihood that the dog could infect humans is very low.

A 2.5-year-old German Shepherd was the second dog to have the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus isolated. Her owner developed symptoms on March 10, the dog was diagnosed on March 18, but her disease was asymptomatic. From 18 to 30 March, the animal underwent several tests. Interestingly, not only oral and nasal tests were positive in the Shepherd. The coronavirus was detected in her rectal smear, but titers were low.

Another dog, who lived in the same apartment with a German shepherd, tested negative for coronavirus and did not have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in its blood.

Scientists have conducted a genetic study of viruses, which showed that dogs were infected from their owners.

The review authors write that the available data confirm that dogs can be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus from humans. But whether dogs can transmit the infection to humans and other animals remains unknown.

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