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Pets Suspected of Having Monkeypox Should Be Isolated, CDC Says

  • CDC posts list of animals susceptible to infection with virus
  • People with monkeypox should use care around pets, CDC says


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Pets exposed to people with monkeypox should be isolated to ensure they don’t spread the virus to other people or animals, US health officials said after a dog was reported to be infected with the virus in Paris. 

Because monkeypox can spread through close contact with an infectious person, people who have tested positive should be careful when cuddling or petting animals, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued Friday. Pets may also pick up the virus through blankets or other household items used by patients, the CDC said, and if a pet appears to be sick, owners should contact a veterinarian.