Patient’s Dog Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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Feb 28, 2020 |

CBS News – As humans throughout the world grapple with the widespread outbreak of the novel coronavirus, a pet dog has been found to have a “low level” of the virus, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong’s agriculture, fisheries and conservation department said in a statement Friday.

Dogs, cats and other mammals owned as pets by confirmed coronavirus patients must now undergo a 14-day quarantine, the spokesperson added.

The department said the dog, whose owner was infected with coronavirus, tested “weak positive” for COVID-19 virus after its nasal and rectal samples were collected for testing earlier this week.

Despite the preliminary test result on the animal, there is no evidence to suggest pets could be infected or be a source of infection for humans, according to the statement.

At the moment, officials said it’s the only dog under quarantine at the animal-keeping facility at Hong Kong Port of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge … Read more.