Dog Quarantined After It Tests Positive for the Coronavirus in Hong Kong. Woman who owns the dog has the coronavirus and is quarantined after testing positive for the virus.
Officials in Hong Kong revealed the news last Friday that escaped the news headlines that will cause every loving dog owner some anxiety until all the facts come out.
The New York Times and Reuters reported that a coronavirus patient’s dog has nasal and oral samples tested. The pet belonging to a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong has tested “weak positive” for COVID-19.
Experts in epidemiology agree there’s not enough evidence to know for sure that the virus can be transmitted to pets by their owners.
Despite the “weak positive, The Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) announced plans to conduct additional tests in hopes of confirming whether or not the dog is infected.
The oral and nasal samples taken from the dog, have suffered “environmental contamination,” according to AFCD…
“At present, the AFCD does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected… or can be a source of infection to people.”
Hong Kong officials refuse to take heed of AFCD’s advice and are keeping the dog in quarantine in an unknown location in Hong Kong for two weeks. As of Thursday, there are 65 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.
On Wednesday, PEOPLE reported that the first case of coronavirus in a patient who did not travel overseas had been reported in the United States.
The case occurred in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced, adding that the patient had not been exposed to anyone else known to be infected with the novel coronavirus. The CDC statement released included the following…
“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” “It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has declared the city in a state of emergency to prepare for the virus’s possible arrival. Breed said in her announcement Tuesday, according to USA Today….
“Although there are still zero confirmed cases in San Francisco residents, the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step up preparedness…We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm.”
The safety of the public is paramount. News of the possible threat to pets from the coronavirus will add to misery and panic.