At least 31,799 cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); nevertheless, for the first time a dog tested positive for the disease after its owners showed symptoms.
According to The Lancet, two patients, both men who lived together, they contracted the virus and most likely passed it on to their four-year-old Italian greyhound.
The virus is zoonotic, meaning it is known to be most commonly transmitted from animal to human. In endemic countries only wild animals (rodents and primates) have been found to carry the monkeypox virus.
“Infection among domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, has never been reported,” the researchers said, “suggesting a need to keep pets away from infected patients,” Business Standard reported.
Should pets be isolated?
Newsweek detailed that “the couple arrived at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France, on June 10 with symptoms of monkeypox, including rashes and ulcerations, as well as headaches and fever.” Also “12 days after the onset of symptoms, her dog appeared to have the same scabs and lesions consistent with monkeypox. Using the PCR test protocol and comparing the DNA sequences of the monkeypox virus from the dog with one of the owners, the animal was confirmed to have monkeypox.”
“Our findings should prompt the debate over the need to isolate pets from people positive for monkeypox virus. We call for further investigation into secondary transmissions through pets,” the report said. “According to the owners, they let their dog sleep in their bed, but had been carefully isolating their pet from contact with other pets or humans after they developed symptoms.
“This case establishede the possibility of transmission from human to domestic petsaid Dr. Jonathan Temte, associate dean for public health and community engagement at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
However, Temte told Newsweek that it’s difficult to determine how likely pets are to get monkeypox. “Many species of animals can be infected with monkeypox, but for the vast majority, we just don’t know how susceptible they are. Also, we don’t know the risk of transmission from a pet (such as a dog) to a human,” he said. Fear.
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