Healthcare Experts Warn Monkeypox Infected People to Stay Away from Household Pets

Amidst the growing number of monkeypox cases in the United States, health officials warned infected people to stay away from household pets since the animals could be at risk of catching the virus.

The disease, which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for months has had advice in place as monkeypox spreads in the US, has regained attention following the medical journal Lancet published last week, which reported of an Italian greyhound catching the virus in France.

As per the report, the dog belongs to a couple who said they sleep with their pet. As the couple, both men were infected with monkeypox after having sex and would up with lesions and other symptoms. Their pet also developed lesions and was diagnosed with the disease.

Monkeypox infections have been detected in rodents and other wild animals and can spread the virus to humans. However, the report reveals that it is the first report of monkeypox infection in pet animals like dogs or cats. 

The CDC has advised that pets coming in close contact with a symptomatic person should be kept at home and away from other animals and people for 21 days after the most recent contact.