COVID-19 (SARS-COV-2),
Hong Kong (SAR - PRC)
Information received on 18/12/2020 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)
Summary
Report type Follow-up report No. 3
Date of start of the event 23/11/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 25/11/2020
Report date 18/12/2020
Date submitted to OIE 18/12/2020
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
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)
New outbreaks (3)
Outbreak 1 (20-16701-14, 16906) Airport, Islands District, Hong Kong
Date of start of the outbreak 12/12/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (24/12/2020)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 14 1 0 0 0
Affected population A dog exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs.
Outbreak 2 (20-16804) Jordan, Yau Tsim Mong District, Hong Kong
Date of start of the outbreak 14/12/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (29/12/2020)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 0 0
Affected population A dog kept in the same household as a contact of confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs
Outbreak 3 (20-16928) Sham Tseng, Tsuen Wan District, Hong Kong
Date of start of the outbreak 15/12/2020
Outbreak status Resolved (30/12/2020)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 0 0
Affected population A dog kept in the same household as a contact of confirmed COVID-19 patient. The animal did not show any relevant clinical signs.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 3
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 16 3 0 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Dogs 18.75% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Likely human to animal transmission
Epidemiological comments The animals were placed under quarantine after exposure to confirmed human cases. Following veterinary examination swabs were taken after the animals' admission to the quarantine facility. They did not show any specific clinical signs. Risk management measures are in place, including cleansing and disinfection of the premises, and proper personal hygiene and protection. Companion mammalian animals exposed to 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) 15/12/2020 Positive
Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 16/12/2020 Positive
Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 17/12/2020 Positive
Tai Lung Veterinary Laboratory, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (National laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 18/12/2020 Positive
School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 15/12/2020 Positive
School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 16/12/2020 Positive
School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 17/12/2020 Positive
School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong (Regional Reference Laboratory) Dogs real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 18/12/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations