After the woman was infected with the virus, her pet was given to the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, reports CNN. While the animal is not exhibiting symptoms, it is not enough to fully negate the positive test result.
Despite the positive test results, officials are still unsure if it is possible for dogs to catch the coronavirus, and are now conducting further tests to see if that initial positive was merely a result of “environmental contamination of the dog’s mouth and nose,” Today reports.
The dog remains in a pet quarantine facility in Hong Kong. The dog will be returned to its owner once it receives a confirmed negative test result for the virus, CNBC reports.
The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservations Department recommends pet owners keep their pets under strict quarantine if they are infected to prevent the animals from spreading germs to other humans, according to Time M=magazine.
The CDC recommends pet owners with COVID-19 restrict close contact with their animals while infected, meaning no petting, snuggling, licking or food-sharing, reports CNBC.