Second dog tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong

Grant Boone
March 21, 2020

Professor Malik Peiris, a virologist at HKU, confirmed the dog had an "active infection" based on numerous tests while it was in quarantine.

A spokesman for the region's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) told the South China Morning Post: "The department learned from the dog's owner that it had passed away on March 16". Blood tests were negative on March 12, but it's possible the test results did not mean the dog was not infected, even if no antibodies were found in the pet's system.

"There is now no evidence that pet animals can be a source of COVID-19 for humans or that this virus can cause the disease in dogs", a department spokesman said.

The department said neither dog showed any signs of disease, and added that it's not believed dogs with the virus can infect humans.

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.

The dog's owner is Yvonne Chow Hau Yee, a 60-year-old woman who was initially hospitalised, but made a full recovery and returned home on March 8.

"The [gene] sequence results indicate that the virus likely spread from the infected persons and subsequently infected the dog", the department said in a statement.

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The mixed breed dog did not test positive for the virus and neither dog were showing any symptoms.

The media outlet reported the 17-year-old dog was a Pomeranian.

The animal was tested for antibodies related to Covid-19, that would be able to prove an infection. Therefore, we may never know exactly what killed this poor pooch-whether it was the plague now ravaging the human species, or simply natural causes.

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The dog had been under quarantine since late February at an animal keeping facility at the Hong Kong Port of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

They also added that owners should not use the virus outbreak as a reason to abandon their pets.

So then, what is the long and the short of this story? The answer appears to be yes it can, in theory, and the most likely source is you.

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