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Companion Dog Tests Positive For Coronavirus

by | February 28, 2020

A dog has been taken away from his human in Hong Kong and quarantined over coronavirus fears.

The Pomeranian was checked after his owner Yvonne Chow Hau Yee was diagnosed with the disease. After testing positive for the virus, the dog is now undergoing further examination to confirm the results.

It was revealed that the dog’s nose and mouth were swabbed, providing a “weak positive” result.

“Source Of Infection To People”

“The above dog is the only dog under quarantine at the animal keeping facility…at the moment,” said a spokesperson for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).

“At present, 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.”

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The outbreak originated in China last year (Savanevich Viktar/Shutterstock.com)

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Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology, at the University of Nottingham, has questioned the decision to quarantine the dog.

“It would be incredible for a virus to make so many species jumps in such a short space of time,” said Ball.

“Mass Hysteria”

“We have to differentiate between real infection and just detecting the presence of a virus.”

“In truth this is incredibly irresponsible because the last thing we need to do is create mass hysteria about the possibility of dogs being infected.”

Coronavirus originated at an animal market in China — the country where the majority of the over 2,800 deaths have been. A nationwide ban on eating and selling wild animals has now come into effect, with one Chinese city also considering prohibiting the consumption of cats and dogs.

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