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Coronavirus in Hong Kong: first human-to-animal infection: pet dog infected with COVID-19 in Hong Kong | World News


HONG KONG: It was confirmed that the pet dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong was infected with the disease, in a probable case of transmission from human to animal, authorities said Wednesday.

The canine, which belongs to a 60-year-old patient, had repeatedly tested “weak positive” for the new coronavirus since Friday, when it was quarantined in an animal center.

The city’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (AFCD) said repeated tests suggest that the dog, a pomeranian, has “a low level of infection.”

The AFCD said that experts from universities and the World Organization for Animal Health have unanimously agreed that “it is likely to be a case of transmission from human to animal.”

The pomeranian has not shown any new symptoms of coronavirus, he said.

The new measures implemented by the Hong Kong government last Friday mean that all pets infected with the coronavirus must remain in quarantine for 14 days. Two dogs are already isolated.

The other quarantined dog belongs to a second coronavirus patient who was negative for the virus once and will be examined again before release.

Authorities said they will continue to closely monitor the pomeranian and return it to its owner when it is negative for the disease.

“In addition to maintaining good hygiene practices, pet owners should not worry too much and in no case should they abandon their pets,” said an AFCD spokesman.

The financial center has confirmed 104 cases of the new coronavirus in humans, with two deaths earlier this month.

Times of India