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HONG KONG (AP): Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners.
Pomeranian has low-level infection and experts unanimously conclude human-to-animal transmissionBut experts also cite previous experience with Sars suggesting cats and dogs will not fall ill or transmit virus to people
SIBU: Five men were arrested at the Sibu airport here for attempting to smuggle bird’s nest.
KATINGAN, Indonesia (AFP): The world's only known albino orangutan has been spotted alive and well in a Borneo rainforest, more than a year after she was released into the wild, conservationists say.
SIBU: Sibu authorities, including the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Sibu Customs, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Veterinary Services Department (DVS) and the police, have crippled a bird's nest-smuggling ring at Sibu Airport.
GENEVA/BEIJING: The rapid rise in Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases raised fears of a pandemic on Friday (Feb 28), with five countries reporting their first cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning it could spread worldwide and Switzerland cancelling the giant Geneva car show.
More tests will be conducted to see if the dog had really been infected with the virus or a result of environmental contamination of its mouth and nose.
HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong authorities said on Friday (Feb 28) they quarantined a pet dog of a coronavirus patient after its nasal and oral samples tested "weak positive" for the virus, though they added they did not yet have evidence that it can be transmitted to pets.
SHENZHEN (Reuters) The southern Chinese technology hub of Shenzhen is moving to outlaw the consumption of dogs and cats as the country clamps down on the wildlife trade that scientists suspect led to the coronavirus outbreak.