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Strengthening the emergency response capacity of animal disease prevention personnel; guarding the health of humans and animals

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We are currently being threatened by such diseases as Africa hog cholera, bird flu, and, now, COVID-19. Only by maintaining a constant attitude of "one part readiness means one less part loss" can we safely weather this difficult period. In order to strengthen the emergency response capacity of animal disease prevention personnel, the Health Inspection Office held a protective equipment training class on May 8 to provide an introduction to such matters as the procedures for handling dogs and cats living together with persons confirmed to have COVID-19, personal protective equipment use guidelines (including correct hand washing), and hold realistic exercises. This class helped animal disease prevention personnel to correctly select and use protective equipment, which will ensure their personal health and safety.  

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organization (WHO), and World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), there is currently no evidence proving that dogs or cats, or other animals infected by humans, can transmit the COVID-19 virus. As long as a conceivably-infected animal is isolated and observed by you and other household members, there is no need to be excessively worried. The Health Inspection Office reminds you that people who keep pets in their homes should regularly maintain good sanitation habits, wash their hands with soap and water, avoid kissing their pets, and keep their home environment clean and hygienic. Those persons who feel unwell should avoid contact with pets; if if it is discovered that a pet seems to be in a poor state of health, quickly contact your family veterinarian.

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  • Data update: 2020-06-30
  • Publish Date : 2020-05-14
  • Source: Taichung City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office
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