North Carolina Pug Believed To Be First Dog In The US To Test Positive For Coronavirus

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Samuel McLean works in an emergency room in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His wife, Heather, is a pediatrician.

Heather recently noticed their pet pug, Winston, showing some strange symptoms.

“Pugs are a little unusual in that they cough and sneeze in a very strange way,” she told WRAL. “So it almost seems like he was gagging, and there was one day when he didn’t want to eat his breakfast, and if you know pugs you know they love to eat, so that seemed very unusual.”

The McLeans had been participating in a research study led by Duke University, which examines how the body responds to infection.

Scientists gathered at their home to take blood samples from each member of the McLean family, and oral swabs from their pets.

Samuel, Heather, and their son all tested positive for COVID-19.

And while the family’s cat and other dog tested negative, Winston the pug tested positive for the coronavirus.

Now experts say this could very well be the first instance in which the virus has been detected in a dog.

Watch the video below to see what this could mean for pet owners everywhere.

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