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North Carolina Pug was not infected with Coronavirus, USDA says

By Christine Hauser

Winston the pug can breathe a sloppy sigh of relief; he is not the first dog in the United States to be infected with the coronavirus.

That was the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which “was unable to verify infection in this dog,” a USDA spokeswoman, Joelle Hayden, said in an email Monday.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there have been confirmed coronavirus infections in the United States of a tiger, a lion and two pet cats. But so far, not a single dog.

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