The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department made the call to cull about 2,000 hamsters earlier this week. Photo: Shutterstock
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department made the call to cull about 2,000 hamsters earlier this week. Photo: Shutterstock

Quarantine or cull? Let hamsters live, say vets citing Hong Kong study that finds they stop shedding virus after 6 days

  • Findings by team from University of Hong Kong’s medical school show golden hamsters stop shedding the virus through respiratory secretions after six days of isolation
  • Author of study says, however, that findings are not totally applicable in the real-world setting as experiments showed the viral load decreased but was not entirely gone

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department made the call to cull about 2,000 hamsters earlier this week. Photo: Shutterstock
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department made the call to cull about 2,000 hamsters earlier this week. Photo: Shutterstock
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