The Trump administration is taking steps to curb the spread of a rare form of cancer that can be fatal in pugs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were 7,724 cases of coronavirus infections in 2016, an increase of over 200% from 7,566 in 2015.
In addition, the number of cases of pneumonia rose by 3,721, to 2,539.
Pugs are known to carry coronaviruses, and Pugs Live is an effort to prevent the spread.
Pugs are very common in America, with more than 1.2 million living in the U.S. They live in habitats and areas such as parks and woods that are often filled with human activity.
Pug deaths are rare.
The CDC reported that a total of 18 people were killed in 2016 and 2017, including three in Florida, where Pugs live.
The most recent deaths were in New York City, where the CDC reported two deaths.
In 2017, there were more than 50 cases of the disease in New England states, with two deaths in Maine and one in Connecticut.
In 2016, there had been a total four deaths in New Hampshire.
In 2015, there was one death in Rhode Island.
The new CDC report states that the Pugs’ numbers in the Northeast are “significantly lower” than the region as a whole, with a total annual number of confirmed cases in the area of more than 400.
The report says that Pugs in New Jersey and New York have seen the greatest growth in their numbers, with 2,200 and 1,300 cases, respectively.
Pushes to eliminate the spread in the Midwest, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, are also on the agenda.