Coronavirus Patient’s Pet Dog Tests Positive for ‘Low Level’ of Virus
Category: News & PoliticsVia: perrie-halpern • 7 months ago • 30 comments
By: DOMINIC LAU / BLOOMBERG
he pet dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong has been found to have a “low level” of the virus, the Hong Kong government said early Friday.
The dog tested “weak positive” for the coronavirus, the city’s agricultural and fisheries department said in a statement , without giving further details. Officials will carry out further tests to confirm whether the dog has really been infected with the disease, or if it was a result of environmental contamination of its mouth and nose.
Much is still not known about the virus that is spreading around the world after emerging in central China late last year. It is thought to have transferred to humans from bats and has been shown to spread in a number of ways, but the Hong Kong agricultural department said it doesn’t have evidence that pet animals can be infected, or be a source of infection to people.