Monkey pox: a dog was infected by its owners

This is the first time an infection has been confirmed in a dog.


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Un first case of monkey pox has been confirmed in a dog in Paris. The analyzes indicate that the animal was infected by its owners. This is reported by the medical journal The Lancet.



The case involved a four-year-old Italian greyhound who slept in his owners’ bed. The owners in question are two men living together. The monkeypox virus can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact as well as sharing clothes or bedding.

It has been known for some time that dogs can also be infected with the monkeypox virus, as can squirrels, hedgehogs, chinchillas and possibly rabbits. Infection in domestic animals, however, remains unlikely, write the researchers in The Lancet.


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