The world may have recorded the first pet infected by the deadly coronavirus as a dog in Hong Kong has been diagnosed with the virus after contracting it from its owner.
Yvonne Chow Hau Yee visited a Vet in the Happy Valley area of the city with her dog and results showed that the pet tested positive to the virus though it had not shown any symptoms.
The dog is now being kept on a 14 days quarantine after rectal, oral and nasal samples came back confirming it had the disease.
Officials at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) ordered for the dog to be kept at Hong Kong’s only quarantine facility where its condition will be monitored and it will continue to be tested.
“It does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with Covid-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people,” the AFCD said in a statement.
Pet owners were being reminded to get into the habit of washing their hands after touching their pets.
The incident is believed to be the first case of a pet catching the virus.