HONG KONG - The pet dog of a coronavirus patient was placed in quarantine on Wednesday after testing "weak positive" for the virus in Hong Kong, according to a government press release on Friday.
If confirmed, it would mark the first case of the virus in a pet animal, as infected numbers topped 82,000 worldwide on Friday and sent U.S. stock markets to their biggest daily drop in history yesterday.
"At present, the AFCD [Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department] does not have evidence that pet animals can be infected with COVID-19 virus or can be a source of infection to people," a department spokesman said.
AFCD staff picked up the dog from an apartment in the city and sent it to an animal keeping facility where oral, nasal and rectal samples were collected -- that tested positive for low levels of COVID-19. The dog doesn't have any symptoms of the virus, but the virus can reportedly spread without them showing up.
Wonder if that's truly covid-19, or a mutation of the canine respiratory coronavirus which has been around since somewhere between the mid-90s & early 2000's, depending on which studies you look at. There's an even older version of coronavirus in dogs - one that affects the digestive system, causing diarrhea - that is highly contagious among dogs & exists worldwide. It was identified in 1971.
Can't sleep so thought I'd read the whole article. So the dog's owner has the virus, but the dog is asymptomatic. Wonder what made authorities decide to pick up this particular dog for testing?
Islam is one of the five recognized religions in China, and Muslims are largely anti-dog people. If I were on my PC, I would cite at least 3 articles regarding that. Could that have something to do with this canine case? Yes, I am looking for an anti-canine conspiracy angle, I'll admit it.
later: here are the articles I read around 0-dark:30 this morning