Pet Cat In Hong Kong Tests Positive For 2019 Novel Coronavirus
CORONAVIRUS – A cat tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus after its owner was confirmed with having the deadly virus in Hong Kong.
The 17-year-old dog was quarantined at an animal center where the doctors did some tests. They said it was likely a case of human-to-animal transmission. The authorities said the animal died after it was released from COVID-19 quarantine.
Another pet developed symptoms of the coronavirus. Based on a report from GMA News, a pet cat in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus said the city’s Agricultural and Fisheries department. The owner of the animal was confirmed with having COVID-19.
The government agency released a statement on March 31 saying the cat has not shown any sign of the infectious disease. They urged the people not to abandon their furry friends because they currently have no proof that pets can be the source of the deadly virus.
On the website of the World Health Organization, they said there is no evidence that a cat or dog or any pet can relay coronavirus disease. According to the report, the pet cat is the 3rd animal to test positive in Hong Kong.
Health authorities said they will continue to examine and monitor the cat. They already have collected samples from the animal’s nose, mouth, and rectum. The cat was sent to quarantine on Monday, March 30.
Based on the report, Hong Kong Veterinary Association said there is also a cat in Belgium that got infected with the virus. They believe that the cat was infected with COVID-19 from its owner.
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