A monkeypox virus has been found in a dog, prompting U.S. health officials to expand their quarantine recommendations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges anyone afflicted to keep their pets in quarantine for at least three weeks. The idea is to stem the spread of the disease, in light of news that a dog in France tested positive.
“According to the CDC, Monkeypox virus can spread from infected animals to people, and infected people can pass the virus on to animals by having close contact with them, including petting, cuddling, hugging, kissing, licking, sharing sleeping areas, and sharing food,”
The CDC recommends that animals exposed to monkeypox should be isolated for 21 days from people and other animals. If you are infected, you should let others take care of your pets.
So if a person with monkeypox recovers from the disease and has no close contact with animals after experiencing the symptoms, their friends or family can take care of the pet.
The virus can affect animals such as monkeys, prairie dogs, and squirrels.
The CDC reports that we are still figuring out which animals can contract monkeypox, the CDC explains. some animals with monkeypox do not develop a rash.
A French dog’s owner confirmed the dog had the disease after testing positive, according to The Independent. “Until this year, scientists had only reported cases of monkeypox in wild animals, The Independent reports.”