Monkeypox could spread to pets with close contact, officials warn – National

Health officials are warning people infected with monkeypox to stay away from pets because the animals could be at risk of contracting the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been giving advice for months as monkeypox spreads across the US. However, it gained renewed attention after a report from France published in the medical journal last week lancetabout an Italian Greyhound who contracted the virus.

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The dog belongs to a couple who sleep next to the animal. The two men contracted monkeypox after having sex with other partners, and suffered lesions and other symptoms. The greyhound later developed lesions and was diagnosed with the virus.

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Monkeypox infections have been identified in rodents and other wild animals that can transmit the virus to humans. But the authors called it the first report of monkeypox infection in a domesticated animal like a dog or cat.

Pets that come into close contact with a symptomatic person should be kept home and away from other animals and people for 21 days after the last contact, the CDC advises.

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