Seoul Government to Offer Pet COVID-19 Testing

The metropolitan government of South Korea’s capital is offering to test pet cats and dogs showing symptoms of the coronavirus after exposure to infected humans.

An official of the city government Park Yoo-mi said, “Starting today, the Seoul metropolitan government will offer coronavirus tests for pet dogs and cats. This follows the country’s first reported Covid-19 animal case in a kitten in Jinju city.

However, only pets showing symptoms of fever, coughing, difficulty breathing and eye or nose secretion will be offered the test. 

When health authorities find the pet positive for the virus, it shall be subject to a 14-day home quarantine.

There is no evidence of animal-to-human transmission of the coronavirus, Park added.

The animals may be taken to the isolation facility of the government if the owners are infected with Covid-19 and are unable to look after their pets.

Park also announced that health workers and a veterinarian will be giving the tests near the pets’ homes.

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