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Smallpox monkeys, the world’s first case of human-dog infection in Paris

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A first case of monkeypox on a dog was confirmed in Paris and analyzes indicate that the animal was infected by its owners, who had exhibited symptoms of the disease 12 days earlier. This is what was reported by the magazine ‘The Lancet’, in which it is explained that the dog, a 4-year-old Italian greyhound, who presented mucocutaneous lesions (pustules on the abdomen and small anal ulcerations), slept in the bed of its owners, a couple of cohabiting men. A PCR test determined that the dog was also infected. “In endemic countries – the magazine reads – only wild animals (rodents and primates) carry the virus. However, the transmission of monkeypox virus in prairie dogs has been described in the United States and in captive primates in Europa who have been in contact with imported infected animals, while an infection in domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, had never been reported. ” This is therefore the world’s first description of a case of transmission of the monkeypox virus transmitted from humans to dogs. “As far as we know – the researchers write in the journal – the kinetics of symptom onset in both patients and subsequently suggests human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox virus in their dog. Given the dog’s skin and mucosal lesions, as well as positive PCR results from anal and oral swabs, a true dog-developed disease is hypothesized and not simple transmission of the virus by close contact with humans or by airborne transmission (or both.) Our findings should spark debate on the need to isolate pets from monkeypox virus positive individuals. “.

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