WHO issues monkeypox warning to pet owners — Analysis
People infected with the virus should stay away from animals, the UN’s health agency said
Following the discovery of the monkeypox infection in humans, the World Health Organization advised people to get rid of the animals.
“This is the first case reported of human-to-animal transmission…and we believe it is the first instance of a canine being infected,”Rosamund Lewis was the WHO technical head for monkeypox. She spoke to reporters Wednesday. Although epidemiologists knew such transmission existed, some public health agencies had already advised the infected. “isolate from their pets,”However, no example was found until the last week.
According to the Lancet report, two gay men live together in Paris and their Italian greyhound dog. The lesions appeared 12 days after the initial symptoms. They later revealed that the dogs had suffered from similar conditions. “co-sleeping”Their dog. The virus that infected the dog was confirmed by genetic analysis.
While the WHO’s emergency director Mike Ryan acknowledged that the dog becoming infected was “not unexpected,”He warned that “what we don’t want to see happen is disease moving from one species to the next, and then remaining in that species [and] moving around within a new species because that’s when the virus can adapt, and then adapting to that new species [the virus] is incentivized to evolve as such.”
Sylvie Briand, WHO’s director for global infectious hazard preparedness, said there wasn’t yet any reason to be alarmed. “It’s the first time, so it means that dogs can be infected, but it doesn’t mean that the dog can transmit the disease and infect other dogs, nor does it mean that the dog can re-infect a human if it is infected.”
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern last month, overriding the group’s Emergency Committee for the first time since the system was created in 2005. It was the second time the group had opted not to elevate the epidemic to the highest level of emergency, with objections including the virus’ lack of fatality and the fact that it was spreading almost exclusively – 98%, according to Lewis – among men who have sex with men.
According to the WHO, 35,000 people have contracted monkeypox worldwide, which is a virus similar to chickenpox. The epidemic started in May and was reported by the WHO on Wednesday. There were 7,500 cases last week, an increase of 20% over the week before.
Although the virus was found in more than 92 countries worldwide, most cases were concentrated in Europe and North America. Monkeypox does not transmit sexually. However, the virus can be spread through contact between skin and skin, including contact with fluids and body fluids.
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