TRUE OR FALSE. Monkey pox: has a dog really been infected with the virus? - THECHOWANIECS.COM

TRUE OR FALSE. Monkey pox: has a dog really been infected with the virus?

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A first case of a dog infected with monkey pox has been reported by a team from the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris. What is it really ? La Dépêche du Midi takes stock.

Teams from the Parisian Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital have just detected the very first case of transmission of Monkeypox from humans to animals. On June 10, its owners, a couple of multipartner men aged 44 and 27, had indeed presented themselves at the hospital with characteristic signs of the disease: fatigue, headaches, anal lesions, etc. No doubt, the dog was contaminated by one of his masters.

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The dog was not infected

Published on August 10 in the prestigious scientific journal The Lancet, the publication caused a stir. The WHO fears the contamination of rodents by humans and calls on people infected with monkeypox to avoid exposing animals to the virus. 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, reports the Huffingtonpost.

Finally, additional investigations were carried out on the animal and the National Orthopoxvirus Reference Center revealed that the dog had not been sick. “If he was “carrier of the virus, he did not develop the disease” summarizes researcher Christophe Cordevant at Parisian. A positive news since if the dog had been infected and shed virus, it could have been a new reservoir, infecting other dogs and potentially causing a monkeypox mutation.

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