You can pass monkeypox to your pet, but the risk is low

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The CDC recommends avoiding close contact with your pet if you are infected.

WASHINGTON – More than 40,000 people have been infected with monkeypox worldwide since the outbreak began this spring. At more than 14,000, the vast majority of reported cases are in the United States.

VERIFY has been at the forefront of verifying what is true and what is not when it comes to monkeypox and the rumors spreading online.

THE QUESTION:

Can monkeypox be transmitted from humans to pets?

THE SOURCES:

THE ANSWER:

Yes, it is possible, but the risk is low

WHAT WE FOUND:

Our VERIFY researchers spoke to two infectious disease experts, Dr. Amesh Adalja, of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. William Schaffner, of Vanderbilt University, and reviewed information from the CDC.

The CDC confirmed that you can transmit monkeypox to a pet through close contact, such as petting, cuddling, and sharing sleeping areas. That’s why the agency says people with monkeypox should avoid contact with animals.

“Pets that have been in close contact with a symptomatic person with monkeypox should be kept home and away from other animals and people for 21 days after the most recent contact,” the official said. the agency says. “Infected persons should not take care of exposed animals. The person with monkeypox should avoid close contact with the exposed animal and, if possible, have another household member care for the animal until the person with monkeypox is fully recovered.”

The reverse is also true according to the CDC – people can get sick from their pets.

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So far, there has been at least one reported case of a dog falling ill from its owners, according to an article published in a medical journal called The Lancet.

Still, our experts agree the risk is low.

“The average person’s dog and cat are at absolutely no risk of getting this infection,” Schaffner said.

Adalja said the biggest problem is when a disease becomes endemic in wildlife.

“While people can be really focused on pets, like…your pet dog or your pet cat, what really worries us are wild animals like rats, like squirrels,” Dr. Adalja. “These are things you can’t control the spread of infections. So the danger is that the virus will spread in one of these species and you can’t eradicate it.”

The CDC says it’s still learning which mammals are susceptible to the virus, but says “we should assume that any mammal can be infected.” For example, it is not known whether cats can be infected; however, they box being infected with other orthopoxviruses, the CDC said.

The agency writing that he “does not currently believe that monkeypox poses a high risk to pets. We continue to monitor the situation closely”.

So we can VERIFY, yes it can spread to pets; but, pets are not high risk at this time.

The CDC has more information on what to do if your pet shows signs of monkeypox or if you suspect your pet has monkeypox on his website.

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