Second Dog in Hong Kong Tests Positive for Coronavirus
A second pet dog in Hong Kong has repeatedly tested positive for coronavirus after its owner was confirmed as being infected, the government said. The 2-year-old German Shepherd owned by an COVID-19 infected 30-year-old woman in the Pok Fu Lam area was quarantined at a government facility.
Another pooch from the same home, a 4-year-old mixed breed, was also placed on lock down but tested negative, Hong Kong’s animal welfare authority said,
There’s no evidence that pets can transmit the virus to humans, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. The department reminded pet owners to use good hygiene practices, including washing hands before and after being around or handling animals, their food and supplies, and to avoid kissing them.
The case comes after a 17-year-old Pomeranian tested weak positive during repeated tests for the virus. That dog died two days after it was released from quarantine. The department said the cause of death couldn’t be determined after the owner, who recently recovered from a coronavirus infection, declined to conduct an autopsy.
Along with the canines, four cats are also under quarantine. Their health status wasn’t immediately known.