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Monkeypox patients should avoid pet contact
Robert McKenzie
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Monkeypox patients should avoid pet contact

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  May 29, 2022  (LSNews)  Monkeypox patients should avoid any contact with their pets for 21 days, according to new advice from the UK Health Security Agency.

The government said no cases have been detected in pets so far and the risk is still low.

"The worry is the virus could get into domestic animals and essentially ping-pong between them and humans," said Prof Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick.

"If you are not careful you might create an animal reservoir for the disease that could result in it spreading back into humans, and we'll be in a loop of infection."

Other pets like dogs and cats should be placed under household isolation with regular vet checks to "ensure no clinical signs are observed".

England's chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said: "No cases of monkeypox have ever been suspected or reported in pets in the UK and the risk remains low.

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with provincial and territorial public health partners to investigate cases of monkeypox in Canada. As the investigation evolves, it is anticipated that additional cases will be reported in the coming days. 26 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Canada as of May 27, 2022.

Aside from Canada, other countries that are not an endemic area for monkeypox are also reporting cases of monkeypox, which represents a highly unusual event. Surveillance to date in non-endemic areas has been limited, but is now expanding. Available information suggests that human-to-human transmission is occurring among people in close physical contact with cases who are symptomatic

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