Hamster in Causeway Bay pet store assessments constructive for Covid

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Sources mentioned {that a} pet hamster at a Causeway Bay store was discovered to be carrying the coronavirus  after a staffer there was confirmed with the Delta variant of Covid-19 on Tuesday. 

The pet store employee is a 23-year-old girl who works at Little Boss, a pet store promoting animals together with rabbits and chinchillas on Jardine’s Bazaar. She carried the L452R mutant pressure, an indicator that she is a Delta case as a substitute of Omicron as in current circumstances.   

It was understood that well being authorities’ investigation revealed {that a} pet hamster inside the pet store additionally examined constructive for the coronavirus.  

Talking at a weekly press briefing this morning, Chief Government Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor mentioned the pet store employee’s Delta case is regarding, presumably inflicting one other Covid variant to be transmitted within the metropolis.  

Lam mentioned well being authorities have been following up intently on the case, particularly for the reason that pet store chain has greater than 10 branches across the metropolis.  

Based on Centre for Well being Safety information, the final native Delta case was reported on October 8, when a cargo handler working on the airport was confirmed to be contaminated.  

Dr. Gilman Siu Equipment-hang, the PolyU tutorial who led the genome evaluation, famous that on June 2 final yr, well being authorities reported the town’s first Alpha case, with the case’s supply of an infection remaining untraceable.  

The affected person was reported to have bought a chinchilla from Little Boss’ Mong Kok pet store earlier than her prognosis.  

At the moment, a pet-to-human transmission was seen as a risk as the shop primarily imported animals from Europe, the place Alpha was then dominant.  

Nevertheless, Siu mentioned the opportunity of a pet-to-human transmission is low, and Hong Kong may once more report one other Covid case with an untraceable supply.
 

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