The first dog in North Carolina to test positive for the coronavirus has died, state officials said Tuesday.
The dog is dead, and an investigation into the dog’s health at the time he became ill and his cause of death is ongoing, according to a press release.
This is the first confirmed case of a dog in North Carolina testing positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. An earlier report of an infected dog turned out to be false.
According to the press release, a client picked up a dog that had breathing problems at NC Veterinary Hospital on August 3rd. The dog died of “his acute illness,”; the statement said.
The dog was a Newfoundland male who was about 8 years old, said Mick Kulikowski, spokesman for NC State University. The dog was taken to the family vet earlier on Aug. 3, and the family vetting referred to NC State, Kulikowski said.
The client told his school staff that a family member had tested positive for coronavirus and then tested negative.
Samples were taken from the dog and sent to the National Veterinary Service Laboratories, which confirmed the positive result.
The news release does not provide details on where the family and her dog lived.
Other pets in the home will be appreciated, the release said.
The risk of pets passing the coronavirus to humans is low, and there is no evidence that dogs can infect other pets, state veterinarians said.
“Based on the information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to humans is considered to be low,” said Dr. Carl Williams, state health veterinarian, in a prepared statement.