Can pets get coronavirus? Chief veterinarian at UC Davis says dogs, cats are likely 'dead-end hosts'

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In North Carolina, a pug named Winston is first dog in the U.S. to contract COVID-19. Researchers believe he got the virus from his owners. According to experts, Winston the pug's positive test results are rare. Dr. Jane Sykes is the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

"It's probably likely that dogs and cats are what we call 'dead-end hosts,'" Dr. Sykes told ABC7 News. "That they don't continue to transmit onwards, but we don't know for sure at this point in time."

Via ABC7

 

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