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Dog tests positive for monkeypox, spurring CDC to update its guidance

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 8/16/2022 Abigail Adcox
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its monkeypox guidance to reflect that dogs are susceptible to contracting the virus after a study reported the first known case of a human-to-dog transmission in France.

A 4-year-old Italian greyhound contracted the virus 12 days after the two men it lived with in Paris began exhibiting symptoms, according to a study published in the Lancet.

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"To the best of our knowledge, the kinetics of symptom onset in both patients and, subsequently, in their dog suggest human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox virus," the study read.

Infections among domesticated animals, such as dogs and cats, had not previously been reported, researchers noted.

Researchers were able to trace the infection through DNA analysis from one of the men to the one in the dog. The two male owners of the greyhound reported that they had slept with their dog while symptomatic but had not allowed the dog to have contact with other pets or humans. The dog's symptoms of the virus included lesions on the skin and ulceration.

The CDC has identified a total of 10 animals that can be infected with monkeypox so far, including squirrels, chinchillas, and monkeys.

"People who are infected can spread Monkeypox virus to animals through close contact, including petting, cuddling, hugging, kissing, licking, sharing sleeping areas, and sharing food," the CDC advises.

Animals can also spread the virus to people through the same types of contact. Symptoms presented in infected animals may vary but include lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, nasal secretion, or a blisterlike skin rash.

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Pets that have had close contact with a symptomatic person should be isolated at home from other animals and people for 21 days, according to the CDC.

 

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