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Ferret Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Florida: USDA

MIAMI (AP) — A ferret has tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida, federal officials announced Friday.

This is the first ferret to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States. A ferret in the European nation of Slovenia previously tested positive for the virus.

USDA officials said samples from the Florida ferret were tested after the animal showed symptoms of sneezing and coughing. Officials believe the ferret acquired the infection from a person with COVID-19.

The small mustelids are commonly kept as pets. Officials didn’t say where in Florida the infected ferret was found.

COVID-19 has been reported in several animal species worldwide, usually, animals that come in close contact with infected humans, officials said. The USDA said the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is low and doesn’t recommend routine testing for animals.

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