Dog contracts monkeypox from owners, prompting change to CDC guidelines | Health, Medicine and Fitness
MONDAY, August 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Adding yet another wrinkle to the monkeypox outbreak, a new case study suggests people can transmit the virus to their pet dogs.
Therefore, people infected with the virus should avoid close contact with their pets, the US Centers for Disease Control now advises. updated guidance.
The change reflects the first documented cases of a pet contracting the virus from its owner, according to CBS News. This affair occurred in France, according to a new article published in The Lancet.
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“To the best of our knowledge, the kinetics of symptom onset in patients and subsequently in their dogs suggests human-to-human transmission of monkeypox virus,” the researchers concluded in the paper.
In this case, a 4-year-old Italian greyhound developed lesions and tested positive for monkeypox 12 days after its owners first showed symptoms. The owners are two male partners who live together but were not sexually exclusive. They regularly allowed their dog to sleep in their bed.
The couple started having symptoms of monkeypox a few days after having sex with other partners. Both men said that once their symptoms appeared, they took care to prevent their dog from coming into contact with other people or pets, CBS News reported.
It’s not new information that animals can carry monkeypox, but it’s the first time a reported case has occurred in domestic dogs or cats, the researchers said.
It has long been known that wild animals, including rodents and primates, can carry monkeypox in countries where the virus is endemic. Captive primates have also contracted the virus from animals imported into Europe, the researchers noted. They said there was a need for further research into the secondary transmission of monkeypox from pets.
“Our findings should spark a debate about the need to isolate pets from monkeypox virus-positive individuals,” they wrote.
The World Health Organization declared the monkeypox virus – which is now spreading in places where it has not been endemic – a public health emergency of international concern on June 23.
People with monkeypox should avoid close contact with animals, the CDC said, and any pets that have not been exposed to the virus should be cared for by friends or family in another home while the owner recovers.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on monkeypox.