PETALING JAYA: The public has been urged to practise good hygiene after any close contact with their pets or other animals, says the Health Ministry.
"Many have been asking about (the chances of) getting infected with Covid-19 through pets and animals.
"For animal lovers, pets are considered as part of their families.
"If we are unable to keep a distance from them, it is important to maintain good hygiene at all times – including when in contact with animals and pets," said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a Facebook post on Monday (April 6).
Noor Hisham’s statement comes amid reports that a four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for the virus.
The tiger, which is known as Nadia, was screened for the Covid-19 disease after developing a dry cough along with three other tigers and three lions, according to a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo.
All the cats are expected to recover, it said.
The virus that causes Covid-19 is believed to have spread from animals to humans and a handful of animals have tested positive in Hong Kong.
Dr Noor Hisham said that the ministry would work closely with the Veterinary Services Department (DVS) for further advice on this matter.
"Wash your hands before and after handling them," he reminded.
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