A coronavirus patient’s pet dog in Hong Kong was found to be infected with the disease, in a likely scenario of transmission from humans to animals, authorities said on Wednesday.
On Friday, when quarantined at an animal shelter, the canine, who belongs to a 60-year-old woman patient has tested “weakly positive” for the new coronavirus.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (AFCD) in the city said repeated tests show that the dog — a Pomeranian — has “a low infection risk.”
The AFCD said academic experts and the World Organization for Animal Health concluded unanimously. It said that “it is probably to be a case of transmission from humans to animals.”
The Pomeranian did not exhibit any new symptoms of coronavirus, it said.
Hong Kong’s government take new measures on Friday. It means that all coronavirus-infect pets to quarantine for 14 days. The two dogs are in solitary confinement.
The other quarantine dog belongs to a second patient with coronavirus. Previously, the patient was once tested negative for the virus. So, another check to clarify the doubt is in the process again before entry. Officials have said they will continue to monitor the Pomeranian closely. They will return it to its owner when it checks the disease negative.
The financial hub reported 104 new coronavirus cases in humans, with 2 deaths earlier this month.