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Fri Feb 28, 2020, 01:40 PM

Pet dog in Hong Kong tests 'weak positive' for coronavirus, officials say

A spokesman for the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said authorities picked up the dog after its owner fell ill.

“The nasal and oral cavity samples were tested weak positive to COVID-19 virus,” he said.The dog’s owner is infected with COVID-19 and being treated on the densely populated territory off mainland China, Hong Kong officials said. The dog is not showing any symptoms, they said.

The dog has been put in quarantine for monitoring and testing, officials said. They say they don’t know if the dog is actually infected or if the positive test “is a result of environmental contamination of the dog’s mouth and nose.”

The department is advising people with confirmed COVID-19 infections to put their pets in quarantine for 14 days.


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