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Buddy, first canine to check optimistic for coronavirus dies in New York – well being


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 instructed 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 Could 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 euthanised on July 11 after he began vomiting clotted blood, the Mahoneys instructed Nationwide Geographic.

It’s unknown if the coronavirus performed a task in his dying. Blood assessments indicated Buddy probably had lymphoma, a most cancers of the immune system, veterinarians instructed the household.

A spokesman for the New York Metropolis Division of Well being mentioned 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 may be at the moment no proof that animals play a big position in spreading the coronavirus but it surely seems the virus can unfold from individuals to animals in some conditions.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.)

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