Hong Kong — With the Covid-19 outbreak sweeping across the globe, animal lovers and pet owners everywhere are relieved that the disease does not affect animals. Or does it? A dog in Hong Kong tested “weak positive” with the coronavirus just last week.
The unusual case of a HK dog that has tested “weak positive” for Covid-19
"Strong advice" that "mammalian" pets of people infected with Covid-19 be placed under quarantine for 14 days
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A statement on the test result was released last Friday (Feb 28) by the territory’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).
Following a referral from the Department of Health on Feb 26, a pet dog of an infected Covid-19 patient was handed over to the AFCD. The dog was picked up from a residential flat in Tai Hang and sent to an animal keeping facility.
At the facility, oral, nasal and rectal samples were collected from the dog for testing of the Covid-19 virus. Although the dog did not have relevant symptoms of the virus, its nasal and oral cavity samples tested a “weak positive”.
The dog is the only animal under quarantine for the Covid-19 virus. It is being held at a facility at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. The staff there will be cleansing and disinfecting the facility.
The AFCD statement noted that the dog will be repeatedly tested until the result comes back negative. It “strongly advises” that “mammalian” pets of people infected with coronavirus be placed under quarantine for 14 days.