On Wednesday, news comes out that the pet dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong was confirmed infected with the disease, in a likely case of human-to-animal transmission.
The canine, which belongs to a 60-year-old woman patient, had repeatedly tested “weak positive” for the new coronavirus since Friday at an animal center. The city’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said repeated tests suggest the dog — a Pomeranian — has “a low-level of infection.”
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) experts from universities and the World Organization for Animal Health have unanimously agreed that “it is likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission.”
He said that no symptoms showed any novel coronavirus on Pomeranian. And all pets that infected with the coronavirus must be quarantined for 14 days. Two dogs are already in isolation.
The other dog in quarantine belongs to a second coronavirus patient that tested negative for the virus once and will be tested again before its release.
Authorities said they’ll closely monitor the Pomeranian and return it to its owner when it tests negative for the disease.
“Apart from maintaining good hygiene practices, pet owners need not be overly concerned and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets,” an AFCD spokesman said.
The financial hub has confirmed 104 cases of the new coronavirus in humans, with two deaths earlier this month.