The world’s first dog diagnosed with coronavirus has been quarantined at a Hong Kong government facility since February 26 and He was sent home last Saturday after a second test came back negative. The dog, a 17-year-old Pomeranian, died suddenly on Monday.
A spokesman for the city’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (AFCD) said: “The department has just learned from the owner of the dog who had died on March 16. The owner said he was not willing to allow an autopsy to examine the cause of death. “The dog had undergone five tests during its quarantine and the nasal and oral samples yielded” weak positive “results for the virus, reports” South China Morning Post ”.
It wasn’t until the two tests, conducted on March 12 and 13, they tested the dog’s samples negative when the department allowed him to leave the center and return home.
The owner of the pet, a 60-year-old woman, was infected and was hospitalized on February 25. He recovered and returned home on March 8. Some of the woman’s close contacts also tested positive for the coronavirus. LThe genetic composition of the virus found in the animal and in that of its owner were very similar.
Serology tests, which look for antibodies in the blood, performed on the dog on March 3 were negative.
In any case, there is a lot of confusion in this regard because nobody can assure that there could be contagion from humans to animals. On the one hand, gene sequence results indicate that the virus likely spread from infected people and later infected the dog, but on the other, the authorities insist that there is no evidence that the companion animals may be a source of infection or that they may become ill.
Until now, four pets, a cat and three dogs, they have been isolated at animal maintenance facilities in the port of Hong Kong.
In addition to the Pomeranian, the other three animals, an exotic shorthair cat, a Shiba Inu and a half-breed, negative for COVID-19.