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A gay couple-owned Italian Greyhound has been infected with monkey pox in the first reported case of transmission from a human to their pet.
The French couple, who are in a non-monogamous relationship, are said to have contracted monkey pox after sexual contact with other men.
They said they saw pustules on their dog’s stomach. A PCR test later confirmed that the dog had contracted the virus.
The animal had shared a bed with the two men and licked at least one of them before licking itself, according to the Lancet Medical Journal.
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Both men, ages 44 and 27, have suffered from extensive sores and rashes since their cases were confirmed in June. And just 12 days after their symptoms started, the dog started showing signs that he had contracted the virus.
The couple said they made sure to isolate their dog from other pets or people from the start of their own symptoms.
Officials have said those infected with the virus should quarantine away from their pets to reduce transmission.
This is the first case where a domestic animal has been infected with monkey pox.
“Only wild animals (rodents and primates) carrying the monkeypox virus have been found in endemic countries,” the Journal reported. “However, the transmission of monkeypox virus in prairie dogs has been described in the US and in captive primates in Europe in contact with imported infected animals.”
The World Health Organization said the recent monkeypox outbreak is a global emergency. Nearly 100 countries have reported cases of monkey pox this year, and a dozen deaths have been linked to the virus.
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Monkeypox can be spread through close, personal contact, including direct contact with monkeypox rashes, scabs, or bodily fluids from someone with the virus, or touching substances or objects used by someone with the virus. It can also be spread through sex, hugging, kissing, prolonged face-to-face contact, or touching substances or objects during sex that were used by a person with monkeypox, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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“It is also possible for humans to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal, or by cooking or eating meat, or by using products from an infected animal,” the CDC said in its statement. website.