Hong Kong Dog Dies After Release From Coronavirus Quarantine

(Bloomberg) — The Hong Kong pet dog that was tested for coronavirus has died two days after it was released from quarantine.  

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(Bloomberg) — The Hong Kong pet dog that was tested for coronavirus has died two days after it was released from quarantine.

The dog, identified by the South China Morning Post as a 17-year-old Pomeranian, died on Monday, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said in an email, citing the animal’s owner. 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.

While the dog initially tested “weak positive” for the virus, it showed no symptoms and was released from quarantine on Saturday after further tests produced negative results. The case had been closely watched by animal lovers worried that their pets may be vulnerable to the disease or become potential spreaders. The virus has killed more than 7,800 people worldwide.

 

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The World Organization for Animal Health has cautioned that there is no evidence of pets transmitting the virus to humans: “However, because animals and people can sometimes share diseases … it is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus.”

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The department stressed that there is currently no conclusive evidence that pet animals such as dogs or cats can spread COVID-19 or that pets can be a source of infection to people. “This is, however, a rapidly evolving situation, and information will be updated as it becomes available,” it added.

 

Both the World Organisation for Animal Health, based in France, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. have said there is no evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs can spread the virus. “Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare,” the animal-health organization said.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), the professional body that represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide, has urged its members to continue to wash their hands when interacting with pets.

Idexx Laboratories IDXX, -2.14%, a veterinary diagnostics company, said last week that it has seen no positive results in pets to date of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus strain responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak in humans.

The Maine-based company evaluated thousands of canine and feline specimens during validation of a new veterinary test system for the COVID-19 virus. “The new test results align with the current expert understanding that the virus is primarily transmitted person-to-person and supports the recommendation against testing pets for the COVID-19 virus,” the company said

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