First dog diagnosed with monkeypox in Paris

First dog diagnosed with monkeypox in Paris
The first known case of a dog with monkeypox. Credit: The Lancet

A four-year-old dog in Paris was diagnosed with monkeypox, making it the first known case of monkeypox in dogs. The virus was transmitted via its owner, according to the medical journal The Lancet.

The Italian Greyhound sleeps in his owners’ bed, increasing the risk of infection as monkeypox can be spread through skin-to-skin contact as well as by sharing clothes or sheets.

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The fact that dogs can become infected with the virus has been known, though the Italian Greyhound appears to be the first recorded case. According to the US health agency CDC, squirrels, hedgehogs, chinchillas and possibly rabbits can also become infected with the virus.

However, according to the researchers, infection among pets is not likely.

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