Pet Dog Placed Under Quarantine After Hong Kong Authorities Finds Coronavirus on Its Samples
The Hong Kong authorities said that they quarantined a pet dog after they have found coronavirus on its samples.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) or popularly known as the novel coronavirus has become the headlines of both local and international news companies. The health scare has been the most discussed topic online over the past few days.
The deadly virus affects thousands of people in various countries all around the globe and continues to spread worldwide. The disease has already killed thousands of people, which causes fear and panic to the public.
The novel coronavirus reportedly came from Wuhan, China but continues to spread all around the world after infected patients transmit the disease through travel. Many countries are already implementing precautionary measures against the disease.
On Friday (February 28, 2020), the Hong Kong authorities quarantined a pet dog owned by a coronavirus patient after the oral samples of the latter tested “weak positive”. However, the authorities have no evidence yet that the virus can be transmitted to pets.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department will still perform several tests to determine if the dog has been infected. The dog shows no signs or symptoms of the deadly disease but it will be placed under quarantine for two weeks. Hong Kong has 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two fatalities.
“At present, the AFCD does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected … or can be a source of infection to people,” the authorities said.
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