Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Hong Kong to cull 2,000 hamsters following COVID outbreak


Authorities in Hong Kong are to cull around 2,000 small animals such as hamsters after several hamsters tested positive for COVID-19 at a pet store.

The discovery was made after one of the store’s workers tested positive for coronavirus; the infected animals were imported from the Netherlands and now all imports of small animals to Hong Kong have been banned until further notice.

“We cannot exclude the possibility that the shopkeeper was actually infected from the hamsters,” said Edwin Tsui, a controller at the Centre for Health Protection.

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