Pet Dog in Hong Kong Tested Positive for COVID-19
The authorities reported that a pet dog owned by a 60-year-old woman patient repeatedly tested “weak positive” for coronavirus disease since last week after it was quarantined at an animal center in Hong Kong.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said that the dog (Pomeranian) had a low-level of infection after several tests. The result shows a likely case of human-to-animal transmission.
The World Organization for Animal Health and AFCD both agreed that it is like a case of human-to-animal transmission. However, the Pomeranian did not show any signs and symptoms of the new coronavirus.
Last week, the Hong Kong government has implemented new measures placing pets infected with the coronavirus must be quarantined for 14 days. Two pet dogs are already isolated while other dogs under quarantine that tested negative would be tested again before they will be released.
“Apart from maintaining good hygiene practices, pet owners need not be overly concerned and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets,” AFCD spokesperson said.
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