Two extra folks check constructive in hamster cluster

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Little Boss pet store in Causeway Bay. (File photograph)

I Love Rabbit pet shop in Mong Kok. (REUTERS/Lam Yik)
I Love Rabbit pet store in Mong Kok. (REUTERS/Lam Yik)

Two extra individuals who visited pet retailers examined constructive for Covid-19, as a well being official warned the chance of animal-to-human infections is getting greater.   

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Well being Safety’s communicable illness department, didn’t spell out what would occur to the animals within the pet retailers involved.   

Two extra prospects who visited the “I Love Rabbit” pet store in Mong Kok and “Little Boss” pet store in Causeway Bay examined preliminarily constructive for the coronavirus.  

The 2 retailers are operated by the identical pet retailer chain.  

Certainly one of them bought a hamster on the Mong Kok store on January 4, and the opposite visited the Causeway Bay store on January 11.  

Chuang additionally mentioned a hamster cage at a Yuen Lengthy pet store of the identical chain examined constructive for the coronavirus.  

The danger of hamster-to-human transmission is getting greater, mentioned Chuang referred to as on individuals who have bought hamsters on or after January 22 to get examined as quickly as attainable. She urged folks to not abandon their hamsters on the streets to keep away from public well being points.  

As as to whether different animals corresponding to rabbits and chinchillas within the retailers involved shall be killed, Chuang mentioned reporters ought to attain out to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Division.   

As for a secondary six scholar at St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese language College in Kwun Tong who examined constructive for the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the genome sequencing was completely different from the Delta variant found within the Little Boss pet store employee. It indicated that he may need been contaminated by a distinct supply.

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