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FILE – A woman plays with a dog at sunset, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at a park in Kansas City, Mo. In August 2022, health officials are warning people infected with monkeypox to stay away pets, since pets could be at risk of catching the virus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are warning people infected with monkeypox to stay away from pets because the animals could be at risk of catching the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put in place guidance as monkeypox spreads across the United States. It has drawn new attention after a report from France, published last week in the medical journal Lancet, of an Italian greyhound who caught the virus. Infections have been detected in rodents and other wild animals. But the authors called it the first report of monkeypox infection in a domestic animal like a dog or cat.

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are warning people infected with monkeypox to stay away from pets because the animals could be at risk of catching the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been putting advice in place for months as monkeypox spreads across the United States.

The dog belongs to a couple who say they sleep next to the animal. Both men were infected with monkeypox after having sex with other partners and ended up with sores and other symptoms. The greyhound then developed lesions and was diagnosed with the virus.

Monkeypox infections have been detected in rodents and other wild animals, which can transmit the virus to humans. But the authors called it the first report of monkeypox infection in a domestic animal like a dog or cat.

Pets that come into close contact with a symptomatic person should be kept home and away from other animals and people for 21 days after the most recent contact, the CDC advises.

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The Associated Press Health and Science Department is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.



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