2020-01-31

Novel Corona Virus- nCoV

The City University Veterinary Medical Centre remains committed to providing the highest standards of veterinary health in Hong Kong.

There have been recent concerns and questions over the spread of the novel corona virus (nCoV) from humans to pets.

 

“At present time there is no evidence that dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.”  Stated by the WHO (World Health Organization)

 

Wash your hands after handling your pets as part of regular good hygiene practice to avoid potential exposure to other zoonotic concerns.

We recommend that pet owners in Hong Kong follow the guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) general guidelines to reduce the spread of ANY disease:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.