Pet cat tests positive for Covid-19 in Hong Kong

01 Avril, 2020, 16:15 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Keeping your cat indoors and restricting any close contact with your pets is advised

The HKSAR government's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) collected samples from the cat for tests, and its oral cavity, nasal and rectal samples tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

In a notice late yesterday, Hong Kong's Agricultural and Fisheries Department said there is now no evidence that pet animals can be a source of Covid-19 and owners should not abandon their pets.

The 25-year-old owner - who is in a serious condition - had visited a bar in Central before developing a fever on March 20.

The cat is the third animal to test positive in Hong Kong, following earlier cases in which two dogs tested weak positive or positive during repeated tests for the virus.

The case in Belgium was revealed last Friday by officials who said it was an "isolated case" which had spread from human to animal.

'The cat had diarrhoea, kept vomiting and had breathing difficulties.

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A veterinary expert said it was theoretically more likely that cats would get infected than dogs, but the chances were slim.

"The immune system in cats and dogs is very similar", Dr Lawren Durocher-Babek said.

The short-haired pet lived with an infected young woman in Shek Pai Wan Estate, Aberdeen, and was sent to quarantine on Monday. "We also have not had any confirmed cases of pet to human transmission", she added.

The mixed-breed dog did not test positive for the virus and neither dog was showing any symptoms, officials said.

The World Health Organisation also states on their website that there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit Covid-19.

"It is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known", said the CDC.

'It is just necessary, for sick people, to respect the usual hygiene rules so as not to take any risks to your entourage and animals'.

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