Monkeypox has continued to spread in the U.S. and in countries all over the world, but for the first time, a dog has tested positive after its owners showed symptoms.
It has been unclear whether or not the virus could be spread from human to animal, as the virus is zoonotic, meaning it is more commonly known to spread from animal to human.
However, a recent report from The Lancet showed evidence that two patients, both male who lived together, contracted monkeypox and most likely gave the virus to their 4-year-old Italian greyhound.
The first known case of human to dog #monkeypox transmission has been documented in the medical journal, the Lancet. The dog caught it from its owners, a non-monogamous gay couple in Paris. The greyhound developed anal ulceration & mucocutaneous lesions.
The couple arrived at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France, on June 10 with symptoms of monkeypox, including rashes and ulcerations, as well as headaches and fevers.
12 days after symptom onset, their male Italian greyhound, aged 4 years and with no previous medical disorders, presented with mucocutaneous lesions, including abdomen pustules and a thin anal ulceration (figure C, D; appendix).
The dog tested positive for monkeypox virus by use of a PCR protocol adapted from Li and colleagues that involved scraping skin lesions and swabbing the anus and oral cavity. Monkeypox virus DNA sequences from the dog and patient 1 were compared by next-generation sequencing (MinION; Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Oxford, UK). Both samples contained virus of the hMPXV-1 clade, lineage B.1, which has been spreading in non-endemic countries since April, 2022, and, as of Aug 4, 2022, has infected more than 1700 people in France, mostly concentrated in Paris, where the dog first developed symptoms. Moreover, the virus that infected patient 1 and the virus that infected the dog showed 100% sequence homology on the 19·5 kilobase pairs sequenced.
The men reported “co-sleeping” with their dog. Allegedly they had been careful to prevent their dog from contact with other pets or humans from the onset of their own symptoms (ie, 13 days before the dog started to present cutaneous manifestations).
So the dog got the virus from his owners but the way he got it speaks volumes:
They did things to the dog. How else would it have ulcers on its ass? https://t.co/wZrPYunDfK
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 15, 2022
The meme is real. https://t.co/D0xa8YlUPI
— Ott (@Ottstorage) August 15, 2022
As a dog owner, (wanted to type something here but I'm at a loss for words).
— Terran (@gridlostz) August 15, 2022
Where’s PETA when you need them!?!!
— Eueie (@eueieP) August 15, 2022
Really, really don’t want to think about that. Probably true, but yikes.
— Brian Bailie Jr. (@BrianBailieJr) August 15, 2022
The transmission of monkeypox has been widely up for debate since the Biden administration declared the virus a public health emergency last week, and amid fears of the growing virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) condemned some who were attacking monkeys in response.
As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 10,768 confirmed monkeypox cases in the U.S.
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