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Monkeypox-positive dog in Paris ‘did not develop the disease’
MONKEYPOX – A first case of monkeypox transmission from humans to dogs was reported on August 10 in the medical journal The Lancet : a couple of infected men who transmitted the virus to their greyhound in Paris. According to one of the study’s co-authors, the 4-year-old Italian Greyhound “was indeed a carrier of the virus but he did not develop the disease”.
The dog had skin lesions, pustules on the abdomen and a fine anal ulceration, reports The Parisian. Asked by the daily, Christophe Cordevant, scientific adviser to the National Health Security Agency (ANSES) and co-author of the Pitié-Salpêtrière study, indicated that the lesions observed on the animal “were not due to disease”. The findings were forwarded to the World Health Organization (WHO). ” Good news (…). But vigilance is still required”warns the specialist.
After the publication of the study in The Lancet, the WHO also called on Wednesday, August 17, people infected with monkeypox to avoid exposing animals to the virus. In France, ANSES already recommended in June“Avoid contact between the animal and the infected person as much as possible, ideally by having the animal looked after by another person during the isolation period”. The agency recommends washing your hands and wearing a single-use mask and gloves before each contact with your animal.
Experts were aware of the theoretical risk of this type of transmission and know that public health agencies have already warned infected people about “keep away from their pets”, explained, for his part, Rosamund Lewis, technical manager at WHO for monkeypox.
However, she pointed out that the “waste management is essential” to reduce the risk of contamination from rodents and other animals outside the home. When a virus crosses a species barrier, it often raises concern about a possibly more dangerous mutation. But according to Rosamund Lewis, there is no information at this stage to say that this is the case regarding monkeypox.
“It is nevertheless certain that as soon as the virus moves into another environment affecting another population, there is obviously a possibility that it develops differently and mutates differently”, she explained. The main concern is for animals living outside the home.
Over 30,000 cases of monkeypox recorded worldwide
“The most dangerous situation arises when a virus moves through a small mammalian population with a high density of animals”WHO emergency director Michael Ryan told reporters, noting that “It is through the process of one animal infecting the next and the next and the next that we see a rapid evolution of the virus”.
According to him, there is little to worry about pets. “I don’t think the virus evolves faster with a single dog than with a single person”he said, adding that if “we must remain vigilant, pets are not a risk”.
According to the latest WHO report, 31,665 cases of monkeypox, including 12 deaths, have been recorded worldwide. The WHO triggered the highest level of alert on July 24, the“public health emergency of international concern”to strengthen the fight against the disease.
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