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    Source: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/...0072300557.htm


    Pet cat tests positive for COVID-19 virus
    *********************************


    A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (July 23) that a sample from a pet cat sent to the AFCD has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

    The case involves an American short-haired cat that lived in Sheung Wan. When the owner was confirmed as having COVID-19, the cat was sent for quarantine at the animal keeping facility at the Hong Kong Port of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge on July 21. A sample collected from the cat by the department tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. However, the cat has not shown any symptoms at present. The AFCD will continue to closely monitor the cat and conduct repeated testing.

    The spokesman reminded pet owners to adopt good hygiene practices (including hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing them) and to maintain a clean and hygienic household environment. People who are sick should restrict contact with animals. If any changes in the health condition of the pets are spotted, advice from a veterinarian should be sought as soon as possible.

    The spokesman emphasised that currently there is no evidence that pets are playing a role in the spread of human infection with the COVID-19 virus. Pet owners should always maintain good hygiene practices and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets.



    Ends/Thursday, July 23, 2020
    Issued at HKT 18:45

  • #2
    COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2),
    Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
    Information received on 24/07/2020 from Dr Thomas Sit, Chief Veterinary Officer / Assistant Director (Inspection & Quarantine), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Hong Kong , Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
    Summary
    Report type Immediate notification
    Date of start of the event 21/07/2020
    Date of confirmation of the event 23/07/2020
    Report date 24/07/2020
    Date submitted to OIE 24/07/2020
    Reason for notification Emerging disease
    Morbidity 1 (scale 0 to 5)
    Mortality 0 (scale 0 to 5)
    Zoonotic impact Zoonotic potential unknown at this time
    Causal agent SARS-CoV-2
    New outbreaks (1)
    Outbreak 1 Sheung Wan, Central and Western District, Hong Kong
    Date of start of the outbreak 21/07/2020
    Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
    Epidemiological unit Other
    Affected animals
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Cats 1 1 0 0 0
    Affected population A cat kept in the same household as a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs.
    Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
    Total animals affected
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Cats 1 1 0 0 0
    Outbreak statistics
    Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
    Cats 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
    Epidemiology
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • Likely human to animal transmission
    Epidemiological comments The cat was placed under quarantine on 21 July 2020 after confirmation of a human case from the same household. Following veterinary examination nasal, oral and rectal swab samples were taken after the cat’s admission to the quarantine facility. The oral sample was tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The cat has not exhibited any specific clinical signs. Investigations are continuing to determine the duration of virus detection. Risk management measures are in place for this case, including cleansing and disinfection of the premises, and proper personal hygiene and protection. Mammalian pets from household with confirmed human cases will be collected for testing of SARS-CoV-2 as appropriate.
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • Screening
    • Traceability
    • Quarantine
    • Disinfection
    • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
    • No treatment of affected animals
    Measures to be applied
    • No other measures
    Diagnostic test results
    Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
    Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 21/07/2020 Positive
    School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 23/07/2020 Positive
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.

    ...

    https://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/w...reportid=35169
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #3
      Source: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/...0073000523.htm


      Pet cat tests positive for COVID-19 virus
      *********************************


      A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (July 30) that samples from a pet cat sent to the AFCD have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

      The case involves a domestic short-haired cat that lived in Tai Kok Tsui. When the owner was confirmed as having COVID-19, the cat was sent for quarantine at the animal keeping facility at the Hong Kong Port of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge on July 27. Samples collected from the cat by the department tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. However, the cat has not shown any symptoms at present. The AFCD will continue to closely monitor the cat and conduct repeated testing.

      The spokesman reminded pet owners to adopt good hygiene practices (including hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing them) and to maintain a clean and hygienic household environment. People who are sick should restrict contact with animals. If any changes in the health condition of pets are spotted, advice from a veterinarian should be sought as soon as possible.

      The spokesman emphasised that currently there is no evidence that pets are playing a role in the spread of human infection with the COVID-19 virus. Pet owners should always maintain good hygiene practices and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets.



      Ends/Thursday, July 30, 2020
      Issued at HKT 17:00

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      • #4
        Source: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/...0080500636.htm


        Pet cat and dog test positive for COVID-19 virus
        ***************************************


        A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (August 5) that samples from a pet cat and a pet dog sent to the AFCD have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

        The cases involve a Scottish short-haired cat and a Yorkshire Terrier dog that lived in Tsuen Wan and Sham Shui Po respectively. When the owners were found to be close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the cat and the dog were sent for quarantine at the AFCD on July 31. Samples collected from the cat and the dog by the department tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. However, neither of the animals has shown any symptoms at present. The AFCD will continue to closely monitor them and conduct repeated testing.

        The spokesman reminded pet owners to adopt good hygiene practices (including hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing them) and to maintain a clean and hygienic household environment. People who are sick should restrict contact with animals. If any changes in the health condition of pets are spotted, advice from a veterinarian should be sought as soon as possible.

        The spokesman emphasised that currently there is no evidence that pets are playing a role in the spread of human infection with the COVID-19 virus. Pet owners should always maintain good hygiene practices and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets.



        Ends/Wednesday, August 5, 2020
        Issued at HKT 19:10

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        • #5
          Source: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/...0081000717.htm


          Pet dog tests positive for COVID-19 virus
          *********************************


          A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (August 10) that samples from a pet dog sent to the AFCD have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

          The case involves a Siberian Husky dog that lived in Wan Chai. When the owner was found to be a close contact of confirmed COVID-19 case, the dog was sent to the AFCD for quarantine on August 5. Samples collected from the dog by the department tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. However, the dog has not shown any symptoms at present. The AFCD will continue to closely monitor the dog and conduct repeated testing.

          The spokesman reminded pet owners to adopt good hygiene practices (including hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing them) and to maintain a clean and hygienic household environment. People who are sick should restrict contact with animals. If any changes in the health condition of pets are spotted, advice from a veterinarian should be sought as soon as possible.

          The spokesman emphasised that currently there is no evidence to show that pets are playing a role in the spread of human infection with the COVID-19 virus. Pet owners should always maintain good hygiene practices and under no circumstances should they abandon their pets.



          Ends/Monday, August 10, 2020
          Issued at HKT 20:39

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          • #6
            COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2),
            Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
            Information received on 11/08/2020 from Dr Thomas Sit, Chief Veterinary Officer / Assistant Director (Inspection & Quarantine), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Hong Kong , Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
            Summary
            Report type Follow-up report No. 1
            Date of start of the event 21/07/2020
            Date of confirmation of the event 23/07/2020
            Report date 10/08/2020
            Date submitted to OIE 11/08/2020
            Reason for notification Emerging disease
            Morbidity 1 (scale 0 to 5)
            Mortality 0 (scale 0 to 5)
            Zoonotic impact Zoonotic potential unknown at this time
            Causal agent SARS-CoV-2
            Related reports Immediate notification (24/07/2020)
            Follow-up report No. 1 (10/08/2020)
            New outbreaks (5)
            Outbreak 1 (20-10253, DSH) Tai Kok Tsui, Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
            Date of start of the outbreak 28/07/2020
            Outbreak status Resolved (04/08/2020)
            Epidemiological unit Other
            Affected animals
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
            Cats 1 1 0 0 0
            Affected population A cat kept in the same household as a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs.
            Outbreak 2 (20-10432, Yorkshire Terrier ) Sham Shui Po, Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
            Date of start of the outbreak 31/07/2020
            Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
            Epidemiological unit Other
            Affected animals
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
            Dogs 1 1 0 0 0
            Affected population A dog kept in the same household of a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs.
            Outbreak 3 (20-10430-2, 10532, Scottish Shorthair) Tsuen Wan, Tsuen Wan District, Hong Kong
            Date of start of the outbreak 31/07/2020
            Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
            Epidemiological unit Other
            Affected animals
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
            Cats 1 1 0 0 0
            Affected population A cat kept in the same household as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs.
            Outbreak 4 (20-10432, DSH) Tuen Mun, Tuen Mun District, Hong Kong
            Date of start of the outbreak 04/08/2020
            Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
            Epidemiological unit Other
            Affected animals
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
            Cats 1 1 0 0 0
            Affected population A cat kept in the same household as a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs.
            Outbreak 5 (20-10600, Siberian Husky) Wan Chai, Wan Chai District, Hong Kong
            Date of start of the outbreak 10/08/2020
            Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
            Epidemiological unit Other
            Affected animals
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
            Dogs 1 1 0 0 0
            Affected population A dog kept in the same household of a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs.
            Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 5
            Total animals affected
            Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
            Cats 3 3 0 0 0
            Dogs 2 2 0 0 0
            Outbreak statistics
            Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
            Cats 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
            Dogs 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
            *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
            Epidemiology
            Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
            • Likely human to animal transmission
            Epidemiological comments A veterinary surveillance system is in place for animals epidemiologically linked to confirmed human cases. Samples will be collected for testing of SARS-CoV-2 as appropriate. From the period of 21 July to 11 Aug 2020, swab samples from a total of 4 cats and 2 dogs have been detected positive by rRT-PCR. The animals do not exhibit any specific clinical signs. Risk management measures are in place for all cases, including cleansing and disinfection of the premises, and proper personal hygiene and protection.
            Control measures
            Measures applied
            • Screening
            • Traceability
            • Quarantine
            • Disinfection
            • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
            • No treatment of affected animals
            Measures to be applied
            • No other measures
            Diagnostic test results
            Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
            Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 30/07/2020 Positive
            Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 31/07/2020 Positive
            Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 04/08/2020 Positive
            Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 05/08/2020 Positive
            Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 04/08/2020 Positive
            Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 10/08/2020 Positive
            Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 24/07/2020 Positive
            School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 23/07/2020 Positive
            School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 28/07/2020 Positive
            School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 29/07/2020 Positive
            School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 03/08/2020 Positive
            School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 06/08/2020 Positive
            School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 06/08/2020 Positive
            School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 03/08/2020 Positive
            School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 07/08/2020 Positive
            Future Reporting
            The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.

            ...

            https://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/w...reportid=35351
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #7
              I think it's notable that in a couple of the latest reports China is seizing pets of owners who merely had contact with a positive case. Neither the owners or the pets are sick yet the pets are being subjected to the stress of being placed in a strange environment and enduring repeated uncomfortable testing. Their owners are likely stressed and worried, too.
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              • #8
                COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2),
                Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
                Information received on 19/08/2020 from Dr Thomas Sit, Chief Veterinary Officer / Assistant Director (Inspection & Quarantine), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Hong Kong , Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
                Summary
                Report type Follow-up report No. 2
                Date of start of the event 13/07/2020
                Date of confirmation of the event 23/07/2020
                Report date 19/08/2020
                Date submitted to OIE 19/08/2020
                Reason for notification Emerging disease
                Morbidity 1 (scale 0 to 5)
                Mortality 0 (scale 0 to 5)
                Zoonotic impact Zoonotic potential unknown at this time
                Causal agent SARS-CoV-2
                Related reports Immediate notification (24/07/2020)
                Follow-up report No. 1 (10/08/2020)
                Follow-up report No. 2 (19/08/2020)
                New outbreaks (1)
                Outbreak 1 (20-09463, DSH) Wong Tai Sin, Wong Tai Sin District, Hong Kong
                Date of start of the outbreak 13/07/2020
                Outbreak status Resolved (25/07/2020)
                Epidemiological unit Other
                Affected animals
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
                Cats 1 1 0 0 0
                Affected population A cat kept in the same household of a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs. Faecal sample was tested positive by rtRT-PCR. Animal was subsequently confirmed to be seropositive by a surrogate virus neutralisation test.
                Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
                Total animals affected
                Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
                Cats 1 1 0 0 0
                Outbreak statistics
                Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
                Cats 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
                *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
                Epidemiology
                Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
                • Likely human to animal transmission
                Epidemiological comments A veterinary surveillance system is in place for animals epidemiologically linked to confirmed human cases. Samples will be collected for testing of SARS-CoV-2 as appropriate. From the period of 13 July to 19 Aug 2020, swab samples from a total of 5 cats and 2 dogs have been tested positive. The animals have not exhibited any specific clinical signs. Risk management measures are in place for all cases, including cleansing and disinfection of the premises, and proper personal hygiene and protection.
                Control measures
                Measures applied
                • Screening
                • Traceability
                • Quarantine
                • Disinfection
                • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
                • No treatment of affected animals
                Measures to be applied
                • No other measures
                Diagnostic test results
                Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
                Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 13/07/2020 Positive
                School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 15/07/2020 Positive
                School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Cats virus neutralisation test (VNT) 12/08/2020 Positive
                Future Reporting
                The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
                ...

                https://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/w...reportid=35452
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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