Hong Kong decides to cull thousands of hamster mice

Hong Kong authorities have announced that they will cull more than 2,000 hamsters, after a pet store worker and at least 11 mice tested positive for the “delta” mutant of the Corona virus.

Officials said, according to the “New York Times”, that it was not clear whether the Corna virus had transmitted to humans from imported hamsters, but they called on residents to hand over all hamsters since December 22 for examination to prevent any further spread.

“Hamsters secrete the virus, and the virus can infect other animals, other hamsters as well as humans,” said Thomas Seit, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environmental Conservation in Hong Kong.

“We don’t want to cull all the animals, but we have to protect public health and animal health, we don’t have a choice,” he added.

And a Delta infection was recorded for a worker at the Little Boss pet store in the Causeway Bay area of ​​Hong Kong Island.

Other tests also revealed that a customer who had contact with the worker while buying food at the store on January 7th, in addition to the infection of 11 mice in the store with the “delta” mutation.

Officials said two shipments of hamsters from the Netherlands were of particular concern, including about 1,800 brought in on December 22 and more than 800 arriving on January 7.


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