2 dogs and 1 cat put under quarantine due to COVID-19, only Pormenarian tested weak positive

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29th February 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) stated that as of yesterday, there were 3 pets (mammals) including one cat and 2 dogs sent to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Port’s pet-keeping facilities for quarantine due to COVID-19. The cat from Ngau Tau Kok was tested negative for COVID-19 while the Pormenarian dog owned by Yvonne Chow in Tai Hang, a COVID-19 infected patient was tested weak positive yesterday. The other was a Shiba Inu, which was received at North Point on 28th February, and it was tested negative for the virus.

The oral and nasal samples of the Pormenarian yesterday showed a weak positive response to the COVID-19 test. In further tests today, oral and nasal samples also showed a weak positive response to the virus. The dog has no associated symptoms so far. The Department will closely monitor the dog and conduct repeated tests on the dogs concerned. After the test results are negative, the dogs will be returned. The Pormenarian and Shiba Inu are being quarantined in two separate rooms at the above animal residence.

The Department’s staff will continue to strengthen the facilities of cleaning and disinfecting the pet-keep facilities. To ensure the health of the public and animals, the Department strongly recommends that pets (mammalian animals) diagnosed with coronavirus disease be quarantined. The test used by the Department is a polymerase chain reaction. The test was performed by the Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory Agriculture and the University of Hong Kong. COVID-19 symptoms in dogs include, such as cough, runny nose, asthma, etc. If a dog is diagnosed with an infection, the department will treat it depending on the dog’s condition.

There is no evidence to prove that humans can be infected by dogs or in between dogs. The public has been advised not to be too concerned with it.

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