North Carolina family's pet pug tests positive for COVID-19
CHAPEL HILL, NC - The first confirmed case of coronavirus in a canine was reported in North Carolina after a Duke University study.
After several members of a North Carolina family contracted novel coronavirus, they discovered their pet pug, Winston, tested positive, too.
Owner Heather McLean, a hospital pediatrician and vice chair and associate professor at Duke University, hopes that it does not spark too much concern over household pets contracting and spreading the virus.
The family says Winston did not display any severe symptoms before they found out he was positive.
Two things did stand out to the family, though. They said he coughed a lot and would not eat his breakfast one morning.
Heather and her husband, Sam, who works as a researcher and emergency physician at UNC-Chapel Hill, started developing mild symptoms in mid-March. She attributed her own symptoms — scratchy throat and mild headache — to allergies, but they worsened for a bit.
“We didn’t do a good job of distancing ourselves,” she told reporters. “We’re having college and high school in our house too, and we realized our son also had mild symptoms. Our daughter didn't have any symptoms.”
The family eventually recovered and enrolled in a study led by Dr. Chris Woods, a virologist and one of Heather's colleagues at Duke.
Winston has since fully recovered and “has been acting like himself."
“He’s a very sweet animal; we’re very lucky to have him quarantined with us,” said Heather.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
9-year-old from Prairieville stars in the Hallmark Channel's new Christmas movie
Families excited for return of Festival of Lights to Downtown Baton Rouge
As deadline approaches, 1600 kids remain without a sponsor in Salvation Army's...
Jury convicts Melanie Curtin of raping unconscious victim at deputy's home
'Devastsating': Defense attorneys react to Melanie Curtin's conviction
WATCH: New LSU coach Brian Kelly arrives in Baton Rouge
High school coaches give Brian Kelly advice on how to tackle recruiting...
See the contract to get Brian Kelly as the new LSU Football...
Fans share their excitement about new LSU head coach Brian Kelly
New LSU coach Brian Kelly arrives in Baton Rouge