HONG KONG, April 1 (Reuters) – A pet cat has examined optimistic for the coronavirus in Hong Kong after its proprietor was confirmed with having the virus, town’s Agricultural and Fisheries division stated, cautioning that the animal has not proven any indicators of the illness.
In a discover late on Tuesday, the division stated there may be presently no proof that pet animals could be a supply of COVID-19, the illness attributable to the coronavirus, and house owners mustn’t abandon their pets.
The World Well being Group additionally states on their web site that there isn’t any proof canine, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19.
The cat is the third animal to check optimistic in Hong Kong, following earlier instances during which two canines examined weak optimistic or optimistic throughout repeated checks for the virus. Authorities stated the cat will proceed to be monitored and examined.
Samples collected from the cat’s mouth, nostril and rectum examined optimistic for the virus after it was despatched to quarantine on March 30.
There has solely been one different reported case of coronavirus in a cat, in Belgium, which is believed to have turn out to be contaminated from its proprietor, in keeping with an announcement from the Hong Kong Veterinary Affiliation.
The Veterinary Affiliation stated the most definitely means pets could be uncovered to the virus is from their house owners or different folks they arrive into contact with, and the instances had been no trigger for alarm. (Reporting by Farah Grasp; Enhancing by Lincoln Feast.)