Coronavirus panic: First dog tests positive for deadly virus – beloved pet quarantined

The Pomeranian pooch is now being kept in quarantine for 14 days after her owner took her to the vets in the Happy Valley area of Hong Kong. It is believed to be the first case of a pet catching the coronavirus, known as COVD-19.

The owner of the dog, Yvonne Chow Hau Yee, has also tested positive for the virus.

She took her pet to the vets where oral, nasal and rectal samples were collected and results showed the dog tested weak positive to the virus.

Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the dog didn’t have any relevant symptoms but confirmed it was being kept in quarantine.

In a statement the agency said the “weak positive” samples could be a result of “environmental contamination”.

It will now conduct additional tests in hopes of confirming if the dog is in fact infected as there has not yet been enough evidence to support whether or not the virus can be transmitted to pets.

The agency said: “The AFCD does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with COVID-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people.”

The dog will remain in quarantine for 14 days or until the test results come back negative. 

It is an animal shelter that is not housing any other animals.

Pet owners are being warned to wash their hands after touching their animals.

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The virus has so far mainly battered China, causing nearly 80,000 infections and almost 2,800 deaths, according to official Chinese figures.

But it has spread to another 46 countries, where about 3,700 cases and 57 deaths have been reported, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of Thursday, had 91 confirmed cases of coronavirus and two deaths from the virus.

The coronavirus has played havoc with global aviation and tourism as airlines cancel flights, countries ban visitors from hot spots and nervous passengers put off travel.

There is no cure for the coronavirus, which can lead to pneumonia, and a vaccine may take up to 18 months to develop.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said all nations should prepare.

He said: “This virus has pandemic potential.

“This is not a time for fear. This is a time for taking action to prevent infection and save lives now.”

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