The Hong Kong pooch with a “low-level” coronavirus infection has reportedlytested negative for the deadly bug.
The ailing pet was placed in quarantine after oral and nasal tests at ananimal facility showed traces of the bug in its system on Feb. 26.
On Thursday, the dog showed signs of recovery, when a blood test came backshowing “there are currently not measurable amounts of antibodies in theblood,” the Washington Post reported.
Later reports say the Hong Kong pet dog that was tested for coronavirus hasdied two days after it was released from quarantine.
The dog, identified by the South China Morning Post as a 17-year-oldPomeranian, died on Monday, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries andConservation Department said in an email, citing the animal’s owner. Thedepartment said the cause of death couldn’t be determined after the owner, whorecently recovered from a coronavirus infection, declined to conduct anautopsy.
While the dog initially tested “weak positive” for the virus, it showed nosymptoms and was released from quarantine on Saturday after further testsproduced negative results. The case had been closely watched by animal loversworried that their pets may be vulnerable to the disease or become potentialspreaders. The virus has killed more than 7,800 people worldwide.
The World Organization for Animal Health has cautioned that there is noevidence of pets transmitting the virus to humans: “However, because animalsand people can sometimes share diseases … it is still recommended that peoplewho are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other animalsuntil more information is known about the virus.”
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