It was confirmed that a coronavirus patient's dog in Hong Kong is infected with the disease, which is likely due to human-to-animal transmission, the authorities said on Wednesday.
The dog, which belongs to a 60-year-old patient, had repeatedly tested "weakly positive" for the new coronavirus since Friday when it was quarantined in an animal center.
The city's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Nature Conservation (AFCD) said repeated tests indicate that the dog – a Pomeranian – has "a low infection rate".
The AFCD said that experts from universities and the World Organization for Animal Health unanimously agreed that "it is likely to be a human-to-animal transmission".
The Pomeranian has not shown any new symptoms of coronavirus, it said.
New measures by the Hong Kong government last Friday mean that all pets infected with the coronavirus must be quarantined for 14 days. Two dogs are already isolated.
The other quarantined dog belongs to a second coronavirus patient who was tested negative for the virus once and is retested before being released.
The authorities said they would continue to closely monitor the Pomeranian and return it to its owner if it tested negative for the disease.
"Apart from maintaining good hygiene practices, pet owners need not be overly concerned and should under no circumstances leave their pets behind," said an AFCD spokesman.
The financial center confirmed 104 cases of the new human corona virus, two deaths earlier this month.
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