Doctors have reported the first confirmed case of monkeypox that spread to a dog via its gay owners, but are baffled as to how the transmission occurred.
According to medical journal The Lancet, on June 10, 2022, two men went to Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, in Paris, France, complaining of anal ulcerations and rashes that had spread.
The greyhound also developed an anal ulceration & mucocutaneous lesions.
The Lancet describes the couple as “non-exclusive,” and confirmed that of the men is a 44-year-old Latona man with HIV.
“The men had presented with anal ulceration 6 days after sex with other partners. In patient 1, anal ulceration was followed by a vesiculopustular rash on the face, ears, and legs; in patient 2, on the legs and back. In both cases, rash was associated with asthenia, headaches, and fever 4 days later,” The Lancet states.
Thepostmillennial.com reports: The two men were diagnosed with monkeypox through a PCR test, using skin, oropharynx, and anal samples.
Monkeypox has been spreading worldwide, mainly in communities of men who has sex with men, in recent months, with the World Health Organization declaring a global health emergency in July.
12 days after the men were diagnosed, their 4-year-old male Italian greyhound began presenting symptoms, including “mucocutaneous lesions, abdomen pustules and a thin anal ulceration.”
The dog subsequently received a positive PCR test result for monkeypox, using samples from the dog’s oral and anal cavity.
“Monkeypox virus DNA sequences from the dog and patient 1 were compared by next-generation sequencing,” The Lancet reported. “Both samples contained virus of the hMPXV-1 clade, lineage B.1, which has been spreading in non-endemic countries since April, 2022, and, as of Aug 4, 2022, has infected more than 1700 people in France, mostly concentrated in Paris, where the dog first developed symptoms.”
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