Pet store cluster grows as one other hamster, buyer check optimistic

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Eleven hamsters – some surrendered by their homeowners – have been discovered contaminated to date. SING TAO

A hamster surrendered to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division has examined optimistic, together with a special buyer of the Little Boss pet store.

These take the tally to 9 folks and 11 hamsters within the Little Boss cluster.

The AFCD mentioned yesterday that 77 hamsters had been handed over by their homeowners as of Saturday, including it carried out checks on 71 of them. Checks may even be carried out on the remaining six hamsters.

“Outcomes present that among the many 113 samples taken from hamsters surrendered by members of the general public, two samples drawn from a hamster collected on January 19 examined optimistic,” a spokesman mentioned.

He mentioned the AFCD has notified the Centre for Well being Safety in regards to the an infection. Homeowners of the contaminated hamster might be despatched to the Penny’s Bay quarantine middle.

The division collected 1,793 animal samples from January 17 to 22, together with these collected from hamsters surrendered by homeowners, in addition to from animals in all pet retailers promoting hamsters, in addition to Little Boss’s warehouse in Tai Po.

“Out of the 125 samples taken from Little Boss in Causeway Bay, beneath the I Love Rabbit group, seven drawn from seven hamsters examined optimistic,” the spokesman mentioned.

“Individually, out of 49 samples collected from one other outlet in Causeway Bay beneath the identical group, two samples from two hamsters additionally examined optimistic.”

A person who purchased a hamster from a Little Boss store on Tung Choi Avenue in Mong Kok on January 7 examined optimistic yesterday, mentioned Chuang Shuk-kwan, Centre for Well being Safety’s head of the communicable illness unit.

The client is suspected to have contracted the Delta variant.

Chuang mentioned the client lives in Pai Min Kok Village in Sham Tseng and works on the Po Shing Industrial Constructing on Tai Yau Avenue in San Po Kong.

Members of the family and colleagues of the client have been despatched to Penny’s Bay.

The AFCD has collected 511 samples from the Little Boss warehouse and located one hamster has been contaminated.

As of Saturday, a complete of two,512 animals – together with 2,229 hamsters – had been culled, the spokesman mentioned.

The division once more urged homeowners to give up their hamsters purchased on or after December 22 to the AFCD so that they may very well be put down as quickly as doable.

The spokesman mentioned 34 environmental swabs taken earlier from the pet store chain’s three retailers in Mong Kok, one other three in Causeway Bay, one in Tai Po and one in Yuen Lengthy, in addition to a pet boarding institution in Causeway Bay and the Tai Po warehouse, have examined optimistic.

The AFCD has banned the import of all small mammals, together with hamsters, including additionally it is reviewing the quarantine necessities for imported animals, together with requiring the creatures to endure Covid checks earlier than departing the exporting area and one other check upon arrival in Hong Kong.

wallis.wang@singtaonewscorp.com

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