SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19,
United States of America
Information received on 02/06/2020 from Dr Mark Davidson, Associate Administrator, USDA-APHIS, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, United States of America
Summary
Report type Follow-up report No. 4
Date of start of the event 27/03/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 04/04/2020
Report date 02/06/2020
Date submitted to OIE 02/06/2020
Reason for notification Emerging disease
Morbidity 2 (scale 0 to 5)
Mortality 0 (scale 0 to 5)
Zoonotic impact Zoonotic potential currently unknown
Causal agent SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19
Related reports Immediate notification (06/04/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (17/04/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (22/04/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (29/04/2020)
Follow-up report No. 4 (02/06/2020)
Follow-up report No. 5 (03/06/2020)
Follow-up report No. 6 (10/06/2020)
Follow-up report No. 7 (25/06/2020)
Follow-up report No. 8 (02/07/2020)
Follow-up report No. 9 (09/07/2020)
Follow-up report No. 10 (17/07/2020)
Follow-up report No. 11 (23/07/2020)
Follow-up report No. 12 (30/07/2020)
Follow-up report No. 13 (05/08/2020)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Richmond County, Richmond, New York
Date of start of the outbreak 15/04/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 2 1 0 1 0
Affected population Pet domestic German Shepherd dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) in a residential household
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 2 1 0 1 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Dogs 50.00% 0.00% 0.00% 50.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Suspected human transmission
Epidemiological comments 2 Jun 2020 Update—A pet German Shepherd dog from a household with known COVID-19 affected inhabitants was sampled for respiratory illness. Clinical signs included severe lethargy, diagnosed as hemolytic anemia. The dog tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 at a private veterinary laboratory. SARS-CoV-2 was confirmed in this dog based upon molecular testing (PCR and sequencing) of samples both from the initial testing laboratory and follow up samples obtained directly. Virus neutralizing antibody was detected in follow-up samples from the affected dog as well as a second pet German Shepherd dog in the household who showed no clinical signs of disease and tested negative by PCR. The first dog is progressively recovering.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Quarantine
  • Disinfection
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
National Veterinary Services Laboratories (National laboratory) Dogs gene sequencing 01/06/2020 Positive
National Veterinary Services Laboratories (National laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 21/05/2020 Positive
National Veterinary Services Laboratories (National laboratory) Dogs virus neutralisation test (VNT) 01/06/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations