No truth to claims dogs contracted virus

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The Public Health Inspectors Union (PHIU) has refuted reports of a dog from the Suduwella area in Ja- Ela contracting the novel coronavirus.

PHI officer at the Ja-Ela Urban Council K.A Anura Abeyratne told the Colombo Gazette there were reports a cat from the area had contracted the virus, and had transmitted the virus to two dogs.

Abeyratne said he was informed of two dogs in Ja-Ela being ill and had personally visited the areas to inspect the animals.

One dog had symptoms of a cold, while the other was suffering from a cough and breathing difficulties. One animal was found at the premises of a family that had been sent to a quarantine center.

However, following treatment by a Veterinary Doctor, it was confirmed that the dogs had not contracted COVID-19.

The Veterinary Doctor had confirmed that animal to human transmission of the virus was not possible, and has not been reported as yet, Abeyratne explained.

He further said that one dog has been discharged after receiving treatment, while further tests are to be carried out on the other dog. (Colombo Gazette) 


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