Monkey pox: discovery of a first infected dog in Paris, monkeypox transmitted by humans to animals?

Twelve days after their first symptoms, the owners of the animal discovered pustules on its abdomen and anus.

the virus of the Monkey pox is gaining ground all over the world. On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the“public health emergency”. In France, more than 2,600 cases were detected as of August 9.

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According to the WHO, the Monkey pox is transmitted from human to human “by close contact with lesions, body fluids and respiratory droplets of infected people or animals. The possibility of sexual transmission is being investigated”.

In an article posted online on August 10, the online scientific journal The Lancet reports a first case of Monkeypox in a dog.

They slept with their dog

On June 10, two men went to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, in Paris. These two men living in the same household but not having exclusive sexual relations, presented characteristic symptoms such as pustules on several parts of the body. They tested positive immediately.

12 days after their first symptoms, their dog, a 4-year-old Italian Greyhound with no medical history, also presented with “mucocutaneous lesions, including abdominal pustules and a fine anal ulceration”. A PCR test determined that the dog was also infected. According The Lancet, “the men said they slept with their dog”. “In endemic countries, only wild animals (rodents and primates) carry the virus. However, transmission of monkeypox virus in prairie dogs has been described in the United States and in captive primates in Europe that have been in contact with imported infected animals. Infection in domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, has never been reported”.

First documented human-to-dog transmission of #monkeypox. The dog is a 4 yr old pet & was prev healthy. The virus that infected patient 1 & virus that infected dog showed 100% sequence homology on the 19.5 kilobase pairs sequenced. #MedTwitter #IDTwitter

— Tatiana Prowell, MD (@tmprowell) August 16, 2022

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