With the aim of easing pet owners worries on Covid-19 and help taking precaution measures for their pets, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences has produced and released a video with Professor Vanessa Barrs sharing expertise advice on this.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) pro-actively introduced a 14-day quarantine and health screening for pets belonging to people infected with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

CityU's veterinary medicine experts are paying close attention to a recent case of a dog that tested weak positive for Covid-19. They respond to the relevant media enquiries as follows:

A possible increase of around 60 infected cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from mid-February to mid-March is projected by Dr Sean Yuan Hsiang-yu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Whether the number of local infections will grow significantly depends on how effective the quarantine measures are at reducing the recontact rate between the high-risk individuals and other people.

Unleashing the intrinsic power of the immune system to fight cancer is the focus of an award-winning research led by a biomedical scientist and her research team at City University of Hong Kong.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) (“SPCA (HK)” or “the Society”) and The Hong Kong Veterinary Association (“HKVA”), the renowned animal welfare charity and Hong Kong’s largest veterinary professional body, together with veterinary experts from City University offer advice to concerned pet owners in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Dr Sean Yuan Hsiang-yu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), estimates that the worst-case scenario for a novel coronavirus outbreak in the local community could be more than 220 individuals infected over the next two weeks after the Chinese New Year holidays. He cited a joint research project between mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan universities and research institutes at a media briefing on 31 January.

Cultural differences in risk perception play an important role when it comes to emergence of new infectious diseases associated with the animal-human interface. An example are the meat consumption behaviours in different parts of the world, and in the context of the emergence of the new coronavirus in Wuhan it is the consumption of meat derived from wild animals.

The Wuhan pneumonia issue was the focus of a media interview on 9 January 2020 with Professor Sheng Chen, Associate Dean (Research) at CityU's Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences.