Dog in Georgia tests positive for virus that causes COVID-19

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ATLANTA (AP) — A dog in Georgia is believed to have been the second canine in the U.S. to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Georgia Department of Health said in a news release Wednesday that the 6-year-old mixed-breed dog was tested after its owners contracted COVID-19 and the dog began suffering from a neurological illness.

The dog was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The dog was euthanized after the neurological illness progressed.

Officials say the dog’s neurological illness was caused by a condition unrelated to the coronavirus. Experts do not believe that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus.

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