Veterinarian Column: Regarding the case of a weakly positive reaction from a dog owned by a person infected with the new coronavirus in Hong Kong

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We have added an article as we have new information about the new coronavirus.
There was a case in Hong Kong where a dog owned by a person infected with the new coronavirus tested positive.
At this time, the Japan Veterinary Medical Association provides the following explanation: please refer.
■On February 28, the Hong Kong Fisheries, Agriculture and Conservation Department announced that a dog that had been kept in the home of a person infected with the novel coronavirus had tested weakly positive for the virus.
However, the Japan Veterinary Medical Association believes that the infection of pets with the new coronavirus in Japan is not a problem at this point.
In the case of Hong Kong, it is possible that PCR was used to detect the genes of the virus that happened to be attached to the body. Additionally, only one case has been reported, and it has not been confirmed that a dog was infected with the virus, multiplied within the dog's body, and was excreted.
Rather, in this case, it is reasonable to think that the new coronavirus was transferred from the breeder to the dog, and at this point, we believe that it is most important for the breeder to take solid measures to prevent infection.
[Japan Veterinary Medical Association, Public Interest Incorporated Association]
■In addition, in response to a question about what to do with pets if their owners are infected with the new coronavirus, the Tokyo Veterinary Association explained as follows:
Q : I was infected with the new coronavirus. How should I interact with pets (dogs and cats)?
A : If you have to go to a hospital or other isolated location, leave your pet with someone you can trust to take care of it. If you and your pet have been living together indoors, we do not recommend leaving your pet in the room where you, the patient, lived and having your pet come to you to take care of it, in order to prevent infection. If you leave your pet in, please be sure to wash its fur or wear a mask or gloves when interacting with your pet, and be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after taking care of your pet.
Reference:2020.2.6 University of California, Davis