Dog ‘catches monkeypox from owners after sleeping of their bed’

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A dog has been diagnosed with monkeypox in what’s regarded as the primary confirmed case of the disease being transmitted from humans to pets.

The 4-year-old Italian greyhound tested positive for the disease earlier this summer, shortly after its owners, who live in France, first showed symptoms.

The owners attended the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris on 10 June after developing ulcers. They were found to have monkeypox, which has to this point infected greater than 1,700 people in France.

The animal continued to share the identical bed because the couple, who said they were “careful to forestall their dog from contact with other pets or humans from the onset of their very own symptoms”.

Lower than two weeks after they were diagnosed with the viral disease, their dog began to display signs of monkeypox.

Researchers from the French capital’s Sorbonne University tested the animal, confirming that it had the identical strain of the illness because the couple.

“To the most effective of our knowledge, the kinetics of symptom onset in each patients and, subsequently, of their dog suggest human-to-dog transmission of monkeypox virus,” they wrote in a study published within the Lancet health journal this month.

“Our findings should prompt debate on the necessity to isolate pets from monkeypox virus-positive individuals. We call for further investigation on secondary transmissions via pets,” they added.

Although the disease has been detected in wild animals in endemic countries and captive primates in Europe, it had not previously been identified in domesticated animals, the researchers said.

As of 12 August, greater than 80 countries had reported cases of monkeypox, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a worldwide health emergency.

In total, there have been greater than 31,400 confirmed infections worldwide, around 3,000 of which have been identified within the UK.

Last week, the WHO opened a forum to debate renaming the disease in response to concerns about stigma and racism.

The worldwide health body said the move was made to “avoid causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, skilled, or ethnic groups, and minimise any negative impact on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare”.