The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidelines on how animals can get monkeypox to include dogs.
Can dogs get monkey pox?
Scientists said in a paper published last week in the medical journal The Lancet that they had found evidence of human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox. Previously, it was unknown whether the virus could spread to dogs.
- A gay couple in France caught the disease and passed it on to their pet.
- The Italian Greyhound began showing the lesions twelve days after its owners showed symptoms of the virus.
- The men said they had slept with their dog, although they said they had taken care to avoid it coming into contact with other people or pets since their own symptoms of monkeypox began.
- “To our knowledge, the kinetics of symptom onset in the two patients, and then in their dog, suggests human-to-human transmission of the monkeypox virus,” the researchers write in the study published in The Lancet.
The researchers called for further investigation into the secondary transmission of monkeypox from pets.
What do we know about monkey pox?
On June 23, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. It is transmitted between humans through close contact with wounds or bodily fluids.
- In countries where monkeypox is endemic, it was known that wild animals could carry the virus.
- Some animals had been infected after being in contact with other infected species.
- But until now, infection in domestic animals such as dogs and cats had not been reported.
- The CDC recommends that people with monkeypox avoid close contact with animals and that pets that have not been exposed to the virus be cared for by friends or relatives in another home until the owner or owners make a full recovery.
Main source of information: CBS News