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Monkeypox in Dog Is Not a Surprise: WHO

“It’s important that we don’t allow new viruses to establish themselves in other animal populations,” an official said.

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The case of a dog in France that tested positive for the monkeypox virus is “not unexpected” but does merit concern, an official with the World Health Organization said.

Mike Ryan, who leads WHO’s health emergencies program, said that “having one animal infected is not unusual.”

“Single exposures or single infections in particular animals [are] not unexpected.” he said.

But Ryan noted that “it’s important that we don’t allow new viruses to establish themselves in other animal populations.”

The recently reported case involved a greyhound whose owners had the virus. The dog “began exhibiting symptoms 12 days after they did,” The Hill reported.

The case was reported in the the The Lancet, a medical journal.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that animals can spread monkeypox virus to humans and that “it is possible that people who are infected can spread Monkeypox virus to animals through close contact.”

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