In a statement, the Chinese authorities announced that the dog of a Chinese woman living in Hong Kong (a dwarf spitz) had been placed in quarantine as a precaution. Samples taken from his nose and mouth have been tested “weakly positive” with the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest news is that the dog has “no symptoms”. Other examinations will be carried out to determine if the animal is indeed contaminated. It will not leave quarantine until the negative test results to avoid any risk of spread.
Should you worry about your pet?
Certainly, coronaviruses are viruses of animal origin that are transmitted to humans by an animal vector. They thus touched bats, dromedaries and even civets. However, “there is currently no evidence that pets can be infected with Covid-19 or can be a source of transmission to the public,” said the Hong Kong Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environmental Protection. Information confirmed by the World Health Organization and by ANSES (National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety) in a notice published on March 11.
In light of available scientific knowledge, there is no evidence that pets and farm animals play a role in the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes this disease. (…) The passage of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to another animal species currently seems unlikely.
To limit any risk of contamination, the Hong Kong ministry reminds pet owners to respect the so-called “barrier” measures and to wash their hands thoroughly with soap or hydroalcoholic gel after being in contact with animals.
Sick owners should limit contact with their animals and wear masks if they are confined to their homes. Finally, it is advisable to monitor changes in the state of health of his four-legged friend and to contact a veterinarian in case of unusual symptoms. “Wait for the instructions from the veterinary team,” said the statement, which – as a precaution – reminds us not to move your animal to a public place or to the veterinary clinic.
Can Pets Catch Coronavirus From Humans?
In an interview with the Science Media Center, molecular virology professor Jonathan Ball said it would be “unlikely for a virus to go through so many different species in such a short time,” calling for reason. ” We need to differentiate between a real infection and simply detecting the presence of the virus. The fact that the test results are weakly positive suggests that it is an environmental contamination, “he added.
Follow these guidelines to stay on the safe side:
- avoid holding, kissing or any close contact with his animal;
- don’t let them lick you and sleep in your bed;
- avoid coughing or sneezing on your pet;
- wash your hands before feeding your pet;
- limit your pet’s contact with other people and animals.