Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
Information received on 08/01/2021 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)
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 23/11/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 25/11/2020
Report date 27/11/2020
Date submitted to OIE 08/01/2021
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 (27/11/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (04/12/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (11/12/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (18/12/2020)
Follow-up report No. 4 (29/12/2020)
Follow-up report No. 5 (08/01/2021)
Follow-up report No. 6 (14/01/2021)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Likely human to animal transmission
Epidemiological comments The dog was placed under quarantine on 23 November 2020 after exposure to the contact of a human case. Following veterinary examination nasal, oral and rectal swab samples were taken after the dog’s admission to the quarantine facility. The dog has not exhibited any specific clinical signs. 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) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 23/11/2020 Positive
School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 25/11/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.