Panama City, FL –
MIAMI (AP) – A ferret has tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida, federal officials said on Friday.
It is the first ferret to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States, according to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture. A ferret from the European nation of Slovenia had previously tested positive for the virus.
USDA officials said samples from the Florida ferret were tested after the animal showed symptoms such as sneezing and coughing. Authorities believe the ferret contracted the infection from a person with COVID-19.
Small mustelids are generally kept as pets. Authorities have not said where in Florida the infected ferret was found.
COVID-19 has been reported in several animal species around the world, typically animals that come in close contact with infected humans, officials said. The USDA has said the risk of animals transmitting the virus to humans is low and does not recommend routine animal testing.
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