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According to the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, your pets are NOT at risk.

“A dog can be a fomite like anything else. A fomite is any object that has contamination on it. A dog toy or cat toy may have disease on it, but it does not mean the animal is the carrier for that particular thing.”

For that reason, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.

Unfortunately, according to Chinese animal rescue groups, there’s been an increase in abandoned pets since the outbreak. But several global health organisations are saying there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.

Source: CBS8/WHO