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First ever dog to catch #coronavirus dies

13:25, Wednesday, 18 March, 2020
First ever dog to catch #coronavirus dies

The first dog in the world to catch coronavirus has died in Hong Kong after it was declared disease-free and returned home to its owner.The 17-year-old Pomeranian, whose owner contracted COVID-19 last month, had been quarantined at a government facility but returned home over the weekend. 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.'The canine had tested 'weak positive' in five nasal and oral analyses last month. However, in two tests taken on March 12 and 13 the pet tested negative and had been allowed to return home.

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