Hong Kong Warns Against Kissing Pets After Dog Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Sunday, 08 Mar, 2020

According to Hong Kong China News Agency, microbiologists and infectious disease experts in Hong Kong are running tests on the dog's serum to check for antibodies. These officials also maintain there's no evidence now that dogs could transmit the infection back to humans. "If the blood test result is negative", meaning antibodies generated to fight off the virus are not present, "it means the dog is not infected", he said.

The world organisation for animal health also emphasised there was no evidence pets spread the disease, or even get sick themselves.

After having it's oral and nasal cavities tested, the dog's results showed a "weak positive" to the flu-like coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hong Kong has quarantined the dog of a coronavirus patient in what could be the first case of human-to-animal transmission, although experts cautioned against pets being potential spreaders of COVID-19. We don't now have vaccines for COVID-19 in any species, and so far, we don't see evidence that the virus can make our animals sick.

The Pomeranian has a "low-level" infection of the disease, which has been spreading across the world and may soon reach pandemic levels.

Two puppies have been already in isolation.

"The department will continue to closely monitor the dog. and repeat the test later".

A previous supervisor of the Correctional Services Department, Ng Kwong- ming, stated the step is most likely in feedback to issue over Leung's affirmed pro-independence sights, which are taboo to the judgment Chinese Communist Party. To avoid getting infected herself - and unfriendly neighbors - Zhu now takes her dog out only every few days instead of twice a day. It tested negative for the virus once and will be tested again before its release.

It suggested, however, that pets from a household of an infected person be quarantined.

Of course with dogs, he said, that can be tough.

Image credits: Marliese Streefland."Pet owners need not be overly concerned and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets", said Hong Kong's department of agriculture. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

However, some desperate pet owners are taking extraordinary protective measures, to an extent that they could cause harm to the health of their pets.

Hong Kong has reported 106 Covid-19 cases and 2 deaths so far.

Edward Dubovi, a professor at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, who worked with a team that identified canine influenza in 2005, said the Hong Kong dog may indeed have a low-level infection, which would not be a big surprise. Despite that recommendation, The AFCD and the World Health Organization both agree there is no evidence that pets like cats or dogs can be infected with coronavirus.