A Pomeranian dog tested positive for the coronavirus after reportedly contracting the disease from its owner.
The pooch’s owner, Yvonne Chow Hau Yee, from Hong Kong, also tested positive for the virus.
She saw vets in the Happy Valley area where samples were collected from the dog were collected for testing.
Local media claimed the sample taken from the pooch tested weak positive for the virus.
But, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department reported the dog didn’t show any relevant symptoms but that the dog would still be kept in quarantine.
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The agency said in a statement: “The AFCD does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with COVID-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people.”
According to local media, the Pom is the only pooch at the quarantine facility in Hong Kong.
It will be kept there over the next 14 days.
The dog is believed to be the first case of a dog having the deadly virus that has spread across the globe.
More tests will be carried out until the animal is given the all-clear.
A spokesman for the agency said all pet owners should maintain good hygiene habits and wash their hands after touching their animals.
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It comes as the coronavirus continues to ravage the globe.
Alarming developments emerged yesterday, which showed as many as 14% of patients who recover from the disease test positive again .
The reason why the virus has the apparent ability to re-infect people is a complete mystery.
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