Dog of HK Covid-19 patient tests 'weak positive' for coronavirus


The pet dog of a Hong Kong Covid-19 patient has tested "weak positive" for the new coronavirus, the government announced on Friday.

The city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said in a statement the dog had not shown any symptoms and there was no evidence to suggest that pets could contract the coronavirus or be a source of infection in people.

It said more tests would be conducted to confirm if the dog had really been infected with the virus or if this was a result of environmental contamination of the dog's mouth and nose.

Oral, nasal and rectal samples were collected for testing.

According to the World Health Organisation, there is no evidence that companion animals or pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.

"However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets," it said on its website.

Hong Kong's agriculture department said it was alerted to take care of the dog of an infected patient who lives in Tai Hang on Wednesday and that the pet was immediately sent to the dog-keeping facilities at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

It added repeated tests would be performed on the dog, and it would only be returned to its owner once the tests had come back negative.

The dog is believed to belong to a Jockey Club member who has been infected with Covid-19. Her domestic helper is also infected. The pair were among the 93 cases that have been reported in Hong Kong so far.

A spokesman for the department said in the statement that infected patients were strongly advised to put their mammalian pets under its quarantine to ensure public and animal health.

He said under quarantine the pets would be delivered to designated animal-keeping facilities for veterinary surveillance for 14 days. Samples will be collected for testing of the Covid-19 virus as appropriate.

The spokesman reminded pet owners to maintain their pets' hygiene and to wash their hands thoroughly with soap or alcohol sanitiser after contact with their pets. Pet owners should wear masks while going out, he said.

He added if there were any changes in a pet's condition, advice from veterinarians should be sought as soon as possible.

Source: South China Morning Post

Editor's Picks

  • More and more Chinese women seek foreign husbands

  • Top 10 Common Differences Between Western and Chinese Culture

  • White guy hilariously imitates Chinese girls in 4-minute clip

  • 18 pictures that prove autocorrect is ruining our lives

  • English gone wrong, horribly wrong, on shirts in China

  • 24 awesome Chinglish signs

  • Top 100 usefull Chinese phrases

  • Xi'an university implements absurd female urinals to save water

Below is a paid advertisement

AlienShop is an online venture for expats in China. If you are looking to purchase awesome gadgets then do add us. AlienShop sells TV Box for International Channels, VPN, Mobile Phones, Laptops, MacBook's, iPads, Tablets. 

Capture your life moments with DSLR Cameras. We got you covered with almost every Electronic Accessories and gadgets you are Looking for. You Name it & we got it!

Long press the QR code to add us or add Wechat: Alienshop1 

Pay 200 to buy 150 English picture books

How to Buy:

Option 1: Buy on Weidian () by long press the following QR-code

Optoion 2: Please add WeChat: 18115908753 or long press the following QR-code, and send request of "buy book"


Subscribe by Email

Follow Updates Articles from This Blog via Email

No Comments