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‘Coronavirus’ dog more likely to have died of old age

Pomeranian sitting on lawn
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Despite Hong Kong health officials claiming a Pomeranian had contracted Covid-19, the world's scientists reiterate the impossibility of a dog contracting the human variant.

By Nick Whittle , 19 Mar 2020

 

Two weeks ago the Hong Kong health department revealed a Pomeranian had tested positive for the human strain of Coronavirus, Covid-19. However, the news was quickly pounced on by scientists around the world as irresponsible and scaremongering.

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Scientists observing suggested the 'positive' samples taken from the dog were contaminated.

The Mail Online today reports the dog, which had been quarantined, returned to its owner only to die shortly afterwards.

The 17-year-old miniature had tested negative in the two most recent tests carried out and is likely to have died of old age, according to The Mail.

Coming home

The dog, which is unnamed, returned to its owner Yvonne Chow Hau Yee this weekend. Its death was announced only two days later.

A spokesman for Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) told the South China Morning Post, “The department learned from the dog's owner that it had passed away on March 16.

“The owner said she was not willing to [allow] an autopsy to examine the cause of death.”

Ms Hau Yee survived Covid-19. She was infected at the end of February and hospitalised. She recovered and returned home on March 8th.

There is still no evidence to suggest that the human Covid-19 variant can be passed to pets. Conversely, no animal can pass the strain onto humans. The World Health Organisation said: "There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19.