First possible case of human-to-dog monkeypox transmission ‘not surprising,’ WHO says – CTV

Aug. 17, 2022

The first possible case of human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox — recently reported in a couple and their pet in Paris — had been a theoretical risk up till now, said Dr. Rosamund Lewis, technical lead on the monkeypox response for the World Health Organization.

The couple, who live together, were diagnosed with monkeypox at a hospital in Paris in early June. Twelve days after their symptoms started, their four-year-old Italian greyhound also started showing symptoms, according to a report published last week in the journal The Lancet.

The dog developed lesions and tested positive for the same type of monkeypox as one of the owners.

According to the report, the couple said that they let their dog sleep in bed with them and that they had been careful to keep their pet away from other animals or humans from the start of their own symptoms — before the dog’s symptoms started.

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