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1ST SUSPECTED CASE OF HUMAN-TO-DOG MONKEYPOX TRANSMISSION DETECTED

According to a publication in The Lancet (a medical journal) by scientists last week, they have found evidence of a human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox.

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Prior to the discovery, it was previously unknown if the virus could be transmitted to dogs.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have since updated their monkeypox guidance to include dogs as animals that are susceptible to infection.

The case in question was documented in France, after a pet dog was suspected of contracting the monkeypox virus from its owners.

The case involved two male partners who live together and were also sleeping with other partners, they displayed symptoms of monkeypox a few days after sleeping with other people.

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About twelve days after they displayed symptoms, their pet dog developed lesions and eventually tested positive for the monkeypox virus.

The men had reportedly slept alongside their dog, and according to reports, they had been careful not to let him come into contact with other people or pets when their own monkeypox symptoms began.

The CDC recommends that persons infected with monkeypox, should avoid any close contact with animals, and that their uninfected pets should be taken care of by their friends or family in a separate home until the owners recover from the infection.

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