Pet cats and dogs cannot transmit the emerging coronavirus to humans, but they may develop low levels of the disease if they are transmitted from infected people.
This conclusion was reached by the Hong Kong Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sanctuaries after a quarantined dog was found to have a small percentage of the virus on February 27, February 28, and March 2 with samples from the nasal and oral cavity.
This was stated by a spokesman for the administration in a press release. « There is currently no evidence that pets can be infected or be a source of Coronavirus disease, » he said.
Scientists suspect that the virus known as SARS-Cove-2 – which causes Covid 19 disease – originated in bats before being transferred to another type of animal, possibly a small wild mammal, that it transmitted to humans.
However, experts at the School of Public Health, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Hong Kong and the World Organization for Animal Health unanimously agreed that dogs have a low level of infection, and « possibly a case of transmission from human to animal. »
The emerging corona virus is still catching more infections around the world.
In a new outcome, the number of infections in China in which the epidemic first appeared, today, Wednesday, to 80,778 cases, after recording 24 new cases.
In Italy, the country’s civil protection authorities said that the number of infections exceeded 10,000, and it is the second most infected country after China, and the number of deaths due to the virus has increased to 631.
As for Iran, the authorities confirmed on Wednesday 63 additional deaths from the emerging corona virus during the past 24 hours, in the highest daily toll since the authorities announced the first deaths from the virus.
« Based on the results of new laboratory tests, we detected 958 new cases of Covid-19, raising the total to 9,000, » said Health Ministry spokesman Kyanosh Jahanpur at a televised press conference. « Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours, we have received reports of 63 deaths and in total 354 people have died, » he added.