Giant poodle becomes first dog in Spain to test positive for British variant of Covid
The 14-year-old dog was asymptomatic but was found to be carrying the virus after a nasal swab conducted by the Veterinary Health Surveillance Center (VISAVET) at the Complutense University of Madrid.
Researchers examining the pet’s results found up to 12 genetic mutations of the coronavirus spike protein – nine of which were characteristic of the UK variant, known as B117.
Under Profesor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, the VISAVET researchers have been carrying out a large-scale study of the prevalence of SARS-CoV2, which produces Covid-19, in pets throughout Spain, La Vanguardia reported.
Key findings suggest the virus is less common in pets than in humans and is almost always passed to a pet from an infected owner or caregiver.
Around 95 per cent of dogs or cats studied had become infected through contact with humans and the majority did not develop symptoms.
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