FRANCE- The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged those who have monkeypox to refrain from exposing animals to it after learning of the first case of human-to-dog transmission.
The medical journal The Lancet has published the story about the case, which had two men and their Italian dog living together in Paris.
Rosamund Lewis, the WHO’s technical lead for monkeypox, told reporters, “This is the first case recorded of human-to-animal transmission and we believe it is the first incidence of a canine getting sick.”
She highlighted that public health organizations had already been recommending persons who contracted the sickness “isolate from their pets.” Experts have been aware of the theoretical risk that such a jump could occur, she said.
The primary issue is with animals that are not inside the home. According to WHO’s head of emergencies, Michael Ryan, “The more catastrophic circumstance is where a virus can go into a tiny mammal community with a high density of animals.”
He added that this rapid evolution of the virus through the process of one animal infecting the next and the next and the next.
He claimed that there was little reason for alarm regarding domestic animals. The virus won’t likely develop much faster in a single dog than it will in a single human, he said, adding that although people “need to remain attentive,” pets are not a threat.
Monkeypox has already been documented in more than 35,000 cases across 92 countries and territories, with 12 fatalities.
During a media briefing yesterday, WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted that Monkeypox has already been documented in more than 35,000 cases across 92 countries and territories, with 12 fatalities.
There were around 7,500 instances reported, a 20% increase from the week before, which was also a 20% increase previously.
The majority of cases are still being reported among men who have sex with other men, and the majority of cases are coming from Europe and the Americas.
This emphasizes the significance of all nations developing and delivering services and information specifically for these communities that protect human health, rights, and dignity.
He continued that all nations must put a high priority on preparing for monkeypox and halting transmission using efficient public health tools, such as improved disease surveillance, meticulous contact tracing, targeted risk communication and community participation, and risk reduction measures.
The affected communities in many nations have a high demand for vaccines, which may also be crucial in containing the outbreak.
“Even though we are starting to obtain data from some nations, vaccine supplies and information regarding their efficacy are currently restricted”, said Dr. Tedros.
WHO has maintained continuous communication with vaccine producers as well as with nations and organizations eager to exchange doses.
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