The CDC faces a new barrier to the fight against Monkeypox after The Lancet reported the first case of human-to-dog transmission. Following the revelation, the US CDC updated guidelines with the change reflecting the first incidence of human-to-pet monkeypox transmission.
CDC updates guidelines on Monkeypox after first human-to-animal transmission
The case, reported in the French capital, Paris, following an Italian greyhound family dog testing positive for the Monkeypox virus almost two weeks after the owner showed signs. The owners, male partners, visited a hospital at the start of June after experiencing anal ulcerations following anal sex. Also, one of the men had rashes on the legs, ears, and face, with the partner had rashes on the legs and back.
Monkeypox is a move from people to animals that can infect individuals that come into contact with them.
According to the CDC’s guidelines update, people should avoid getting close to animals, even if they are pets, to minimize the chances of monkeypox transmission. In addition, the CDC says that even if animals are infected, it is not good to abandon, euthanize or surrender them, and pet owners should not wash them using chemical disinfectants like hand sanitizers, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide.
If you are infected and have not come in contact with your animal, you can ask someone to take care of your pet until you recover. After recovery, CDC recommends disinfecting the whole house.
What to do if your pet caught Monkeypox
In addition, all infected pets must stay at home in isolation from another animal for at least three weeks. Also, infected individuals shouldn’t be responsible for exposed animals, and it is better to avoid close contact.
If your pet gets infected or exposed to Monkeypox, ensure you test them for the virus, quarantine them from other animals or humans, and disinfect pet beddings properly. Additionally, always wash your hands and handle the pet using a PPE, avoid shaking soiled pet beddings or laundry and get in touch with local public health regarding waste disposal.