Elderly Dog in Hong Kong Dies After Release From Coronavirus Quarantine
An elderly dog in Hong Kong died after it was released from precautionary coronavirus quarantine, according to the authorities.
A 17-year-old dog in Hong Kong has been placed on from precautionary coronavirus quarantine after initial suspicions of infection. The dog tested “weak positive” since late February with low levels of virus in its nasal and oral cavity samples.
Hong Kong’s Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said that the dog has been placed under quarantine after its owner who had COVID-19 tested negative for the virus last week. AFCD fears the possibility of human-to-animal transmission.
Last Saturday (March 14, 2020), the dog has been returned to its owner but has died two days after it was released from quarantine. The Asian financial hub veterinarians said that the dog might die due to stress and anxiety of being away from family and in quarantine.
However, the World Health Organization said that there is still no solid evidence can prove that pets can be infected with the new coronavirus. The animal health experts also advised the pet owners not to abandon their pets.
As of this writing, Hong Kong has 167 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease with only four fatalities.
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