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A Cat and Dog In Hong Kong Tests Positive For COVID-19

In Hong Kong, a pet cat was tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus after its owner was also confirmed positive with the disease. Based on the City’s Agricultural and Fisheries department.

Also in Hong Kong, there was a report that a pet dog was tested “weak positive” for the COVID-19. The dog was owned by a woman who is in her 60’s who was confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Based on the animal doctor that examined the 17-year-old dog, the condition of the dog was a case of a human-to-animal transmission. The dog was quarantined in an animal center, however, the dog dies after it was released, the authorities said. 

On March 31, the government agency released a statement saying that the cat does not show any sign of the coronavirus. However, they asked people not to abandon their pets because they have no idea that animals can be the source of the disease.

Based on the website of the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that a cat or dog or any pet can relay coronavirus disease. But according to the report, the pet cat is the 3rd animal to test positive in Hong Kong.

The health authorities will continue to examine and monitor the cat.

They said that they already collected samples from the animal’s nose, mouth, and rectum. The cat was sent to quarantine on March 30.

In addition, the Hong Kong Veterinary Association had said that there is also a cat in Belgium that got infected with the virus. They also believe that the cat got the virus from its owner.

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