Monkeypox Case in Pet Dog Not Unexpected WHO

The World Health Organization stated on Wednesday that cases of monkeypox transmission from human to dog is not uncommon.

“Having one contaminated animal is not rare,” Mike Ryan, WHO’s chief of health emergencies, said during a press briefing. “It’s not surprising, but we don’t want sickness to spread from one species to the next.”

The comments come after a recent study published in The Lancet documented an Italian greyhound that got the virus from its owners, who said they sleep alongside the dog. The dog was diagnosed with monkeypox after it developed lesions.

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