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Event summary: COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2), Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
Start of event 30/03/2020
Confirmation 31/03/2020
Report date 03/04/2020
Submission date 03/04/2020
Reason Emerging disease
Number of outbreaks 1
Date resolved 19/04/2020
Epidemiological comments The cat was placed under quarantine on 30 March 2020 after its owner was hospitalised due to COVID-19 infection. Following veterinary examination nasal, oral, and rectal swab samples were taken after the cat’s admission to the quarantine facility. All samples tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The cat has not exhibited any specific clinical signs. Follow up oral and nasal swab samples taken on 1 April continued to test positive. 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 households with confirmed human cases of COVID-19 will be be placed under quarantine and veterinary surveillance for 14 days. Samples will be collected for testing of SARS-CoV-2 as appropriate.
Hong Kong (SAR - PRC) has submitted the following immediate notification and follow-up report (s) to OIE.

View Report Date Date submitted to OIE Report Type
Full report 03/04/2020 03/04/2020 Immediate notification
Full report 04/05/2020 05/05/2020 Follow-up Report 1 (Resolved : 19/04/2020 Final report )