Wednesday, September 28, 2022

US warns pets can get monkeypox

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – US health officials are telling people infected with monkeypox to stay away from pets because the animals may be at risk of contracting the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been giving this recommendation for months in the face of the spread of monkeypox in the United States. But it has gained new prominence after last week the publication of a report in the Lancet medical journal about an Italian Greyhound contracting the virus in France.

The dog belongs to the couple who said they slept with the animal. Both men became infected with monkeypox after having sex with other partners and developing sores and other symptoms. The Greyhound later developed sores and was diagnosed with the virus.

Monkeypox infection has been reported in rodents and other wildlife, which can transmit the virus to humans. However, the authors consider this to be the first case of monkeypox infection in a domestic animal such as a dog or cat.

The CDC recommends that pets that come into close contact with a symptomatic individual should be kept indoors and away from other animals and people for 21 days after the last contact.

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The Associated Press Department of Health and Science is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. Associated Press is solely responsible for all content.

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