Pet shop selling hamsters in Hong Kong to resume business after government mass hamster cal

The government said Saturday that a local pet store selling hamsters in Hong Kong was allowed to reopen.

“Pet shops need to be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned, and environmental swabs taken from the shop must pass virus testing before reopening,” said the Agricultural and Fisheries Conservation Agency (AFCD). It says. statement..

On January 18, the Hong Kong government ordered 2,000 hamsters, chinchillas, rabbits, and other small animals to be “humanely” placed after a health examination of rodents carrying a delta variant of the coronavirus. All hamsters were imported from the Netherlands.

Pet owners who purchased hamsters from any store in Hong Kong after December 22, 2021 were ordered to hand over the animals for culling, and pet owners who visited the pet shop after January 7 It is subject to quarantine.

According to AFCD, all 1,134 samples taken from animals other than hamsters were negative. We also collected 1,124 environmental swabs from all relevant pet stores.

According to AFCD, there are some pet shops that will remain closed for the time being as they continue to be reviewed by the Ministry of Health. Among these facilities is the Little Boss Pet Shop, where a 23-year-old employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

Authorities added that all hamster imports remain banned in Hong Kong to increase scrutiny of pet shops and ensure public health.

AFCD said Friday that all local pet stores selling hamsters would be paid a one-time payment as compensation. Each eligible pet store is entitled to a payment of HK $ 10,000 ($ 1,282) to HK $ 30,000 ($ 3,800) based on the floor area of ​​the shop.

Hong Kong’s pet culling follows intensified virus containment measures in Beijing, and authorities have suggested that mail from Canada may have been the culprit in Hong Kong’s first Omicron case.

City health officials said a 26-year-old woman, Omicron, who hadn’t recently traveled outside Beijing, received a parcel sent from Canada via the United States and Hong Kong two days before she developed a sore throat. He said he had dealt with it.

According to officials, Omicron variants were found both outside and inside the package, as well as in other email samples delivered from the same source.

Health experts generally rate the risk of transmitting the virus through contaminated surfaces as very low. The World Health Organization states that coronaviruses generally “require a living animal or human host to propagate and survive, and cannot propagate on the surface of food packages.”

EvaFu contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.