Louisiana dog tests positive for SARS-CoV-2

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- Were you worried about your pet coming in contact with COVID-19?

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry reported its first positive SARS-CoV-2 case in a dog on August 4. SARS-CoV-2 is name of the virus for animals that test positive for COVID-19 in humans.

According to the United State Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, it is hard to say if pets can spread the virus if tested positive for SARS-Cov-2.

However, LDAF said pet owners with COVID-19 can spread the virus to their house hold animals.

“It is important for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to avoid contact with pets and other animals to protect them from possible infection. At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended,” said Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

According to the CDC, only a small number of animals have tested positive for SARS-Cov2

After suffering for weeks, the first dog tested for COVID-19 passed away on July 31 in New York .

In the mean time, the Center of Disease and Control guidelines remain the same for animals.

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