The specialists then gave over the dog to the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD).
“We’re working with authorities in Hong Kong and scientists in Hong Kong who are testing … the dog … to understand these results and to understand where or if the dog was actually infected or if the dog picked this up from a contaminated surface, for example,”
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program
Starter tests from the dog’s oral, nasal and rectal examples tried a “feeble positive” however the “dog doesn’t have any important side effects,” the AFCD said in an announcement.
At present, 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,
They also added in the statement:
“THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT CLOSE MONITORING OF THE … DOG AND COLLECT FURTHER SAMPLES FOR TESTING TO CONFIRM IF THE DOG HAS REALLY BEEN INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS. OR THIS IS A RESULT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION OF THE DOG’S MOUTH AND NOSE”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website said there is
“NO REASON TO THINK THAT ANY ANIMALS INCLUDING PETS IN THE UNITED STATES MIGHT BE A SOURCE OF INFECTION WITH THIS NEW CORONAVIRUS.”
“TO DATE, CDC HAS NOT RECEIVED ANY REPORTS OF PETS OR OTHER ANIMALS BECOMING SICK WITH COVID-19. AT THIS TIME, NO EVIDENCE THAT Pets can SPREAD COVID-19.”