Hong Kong authorities revealed this February 28 that a pet dog of a coronavirus patient has been quarantined after testing “weak positive” for the virus.
The dog’s nasal and oral samples were tested, although there has been no evidence that the virus can be transmitted to pets as of yet. The dog did not exhibit any of the symptoms.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) of Hong Kong has said it will conduct further tests to confirm infection. The dog will be put under quarantine for 2 weeks.
“At present, the AFCD does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with COVID-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people,” the AFCD’s statement stresses. “The department will conduct close monitoring of the above dog and collect further samples for testing to confirm if the dog has really been infected with the virus or this is a result of environmental contamination of the dog’s mouth and nose.”
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