First case of human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox discovered in Paris

Dogs are among the animals at risk of catching monkeypox after a dog suspected of contracting the virus through human transmission was reported in Paris, the CDC said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now lists 10 animals, including dogs, gerbils and hamsters, that can be infected with monkeypox, which the United States declared a public health emergency this month.

Two men who have had sex with men checked into a Paris hospital on June 10, as reported by The Lancet. A man (patient 1) is 44 years old, Latino and living with HIV; the second man (patient 2) is 27 years old, white and HIV-negative. Men are non-exclusive partners living in the same household.

Human-to-human transmission of monkeypox virus usually occurs through close contact with lesions, body fluids, and respiratory droplets of infected people or animals.

The men arrived at the hospital with anal ulceration six days after having sex with other partners. In patient 1, anal ulceration was followed by a rash on the face, both symptoms of monkeypox.

The men said they let their dog, a 4-year-old Italian greyhound, sleep with them. Medical staff matched one of the owners’ infections to that detected in the greyhound.

“These men obviously love their dog because he sleeps with them, but if you have monkeypox you should stay away from your pets,” said William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University. “It may be necessary to ask a friend to babysit your pet for a while if you think you won’t be able to resist petting it or letting it sleep with you or sit with you. on the couch.”

Schaffner said the dog will likely make a full recovery.

“This case is going to worry a lot of pet owners,” he said, “but I hope they all take a deep breath and remember that this was only found in one animal.”

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