Monkeypox: For the First Time a Dog is Infected with the Virus

The first case of human-to-dog transmission in France has been confirmed. In Paris, pets seem to have been contaminated by their masters.

Monkeypox: For the First Time a Dog is Infected with the Virus

If the monkeypox virus was originally transmitted from animals to humans, then the opposite may be true. In France, a dog was infected with orthopoxvirus, after its masters were infected, according to a scientific article published in The Lancet.

Twelve days after the onset of symptoms, the two men noticed that their Italian greyhound had “mucous skin lesions, including blisters in the abdomen and fine ulcers”. The dog later tested positive for the virus in a PCR test.

They claimed to have slept with their dog. They made sure to prevent their dogs from contacting other pets or humans from the onset of their symptoms.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its information page regarding the virus, according to CNN. They recommend people infected with the virus avoid contact with animals, even their pets.

Monkeypox: For the First Time a Dog is Infected with the Virus
Monkeypox: For the First Time a Dog is Infected with the Virus

The first case has been identified in Iran

Recently, a new country has been added to the list of those affected by the monkeypox epidemic. According to the Iranian Ministry of Health, the first case was confirmed in a 34-year-old woman, after analyzing the lesions on her skin.

According to Reuters, citing the Iranian News Agency, the 30-year-old from the southern city of Ahvaz has been placed in quarantine.

In this region of the world, cases have already been reported in Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

But 90% of cases are concentrated in ten countries in Europe and America: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been dealing with human cases of monkeypox since the beginning of the year, notably Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Congo, and even Côte d’Ivoire.

“With the exception of a few West and Central African countries, the current monkeypox outbreak continues to mostly afflict men who have intercourse with men, including recent sex with one or more partners,” the UN stated in a statement.

Transmission via direct connection

At the moment, men who have sex with men are represented mostly among infected patients. The United Nations says, “Of the cases where sexual orientation was known, 98% declared them gay.”

As a reminder, monkeypox is transmitted “to humans through contact with a person, animal or organism carrying the virus,” the United Nations notes.

This transmission occurs through direct contact with skin lesions, blood, or fluids of an infected person or animal.

The disease causes various symptoms including fever, severe headache, muscle pain, back pain, low energy, enlarged lymph nodes, rashes, or skin lesions.

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