Dogs in Mexico apparently catching coronavirus from people

A dog wears a protective face mask in Shanghai, China. Photo: Reuters
A dog wears a protective face mask in Shanghai, China. Photo: Reuters

Yucatán is among 10 states in which pet dogs may have contracted COVID-19, Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Thursday. But the virus cannot be transmitted back to people, university researchers said.

Three confirmed cases of canine coronavirus were reported near Mexico City while suspected cases were found in Yucatán, Morelos, Jalisco, Veracruz, Baja California, Chiapas, Hidalgo, Nayarit, Oaxaca and Querétaro.

The dogs were kept by owners struggling with COVID-19. However, it was emphasized that dogs apparently do not transmit the disease to humans, according to studies by UNAM, a university that has compiled data on the issue.

The virus was discovered after their owners took them to be treated by veterinarians.

Most infections in animals have occurred in felines. In Barcelona, four lions in a zoo were identified that tested positive for COVID-19.

As with humans, dogs with coronavirus exhibit fever, cough, shortness of breath, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

With information from Saludiario

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