SULAIMANI – South Korea conducts COVID-19 testing for pet cats and dogs if they show symptoms, a few weeks after an animal – a kitten became the country’s first animal confirmed with the virus.
Seoul metropolitan government said pets that test positive will be quarantined at home for two weeks.
But a city-run facility has been dedicated for a pet that its owner is too ill with COVID-19, too old to take care of it or hospitalized with the virus.
The testing is only for the pets with symptoms such as fever, coughing or breathing difficulties.
"Please keep your dogs at least two meters away from people and other pets when walking them, and strictly follow antivirus measures, such as wearing masks and washing hands," said official Park Yoo-mi at an online news conference on Monday (February 8).
In January the test for a kitten, found at a religious facility in the southeastern city of Jinju, was positive, Yonhap news reported.
Two inhabitants of the facility, a mother and daughter, tested positive for COVID-19 and health authorities suspect they had passed the virus on to the kitten.
According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus may be able to pass from people to animals and from animals to humans, however the risk of animals spreading to humans is considered low.