Monkey pox first diagnosed in a dog: slept in bed with infected owners | Abroad

This is according to research from the medical journal The Lancet. According to the researchers, this is the first dog known to contract monkeypox from a human.

At the beginning of June, the two owners were diagnosed with monkeypox. About 12 days later, their dog also developed symptoms, including blisters on his stomach and anus. The dog then tested positive for the monkeypox virus. Since the dog slept in bed with the men and the infections followed each other shortly, the researchers assume that the dog was infected by its owners.

The researchers advise people infected with the virus to isolate themselves from their pets as much as possible.


RIVM reports on its website that the monkeypox virus can infect rodents, such as squirrels, rats and mice, and rabbits and monkeys. In other animals, such as dogs, cats, cows, pigs, sheep and goats, no infection has previously been detected in Europe, making the French dog the first known case.

In any case, the RIVM advises to avoid contact with mammals in case of infection with the virus, so that the risk of further spread of the virus, possibly via dogs or cats, is reduced.

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