WHO issues monkeypox warning to pet owners

People infected with the virus should stay away from animals, the UN’s health agency said

The World Health Organization has issued a warning to people infected with monkeypox to isolate from animals after the first known case of human to dog transmission was documented in the Lancet medical journal. 

“This is the first case reported of human-to-animal transmission…and we believe it is the first instance of a canine being infected,” WHO technical lead for monkeypox Rosamund Lewis told reporters on Wednesday. Epidemiologists had been aware such transmission was possible, with some public health agencies already advising the infected to “isolate from their pets,” but no specific example had been documented until last week.

The Lancet report describes two gay men living together in an apartment in Paris with their Italian greyhound dog. They noticed lesions on the dog 12 days after their own symptoms began to appear, and revealed…

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