Monkey box: Infected people should avoid pets
There is a fear of spreading the disease of Moneybox among pets or rodents
People with Monkeypox should avoid contact with their pets for 21 days,
under the UK Health Security Agency’s advice.
So far, 106 infections have been confirmed worldwide.
Springs, hamsters, and other rodents may be the most vulnerable to the disease
but may spread it among other animals.
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“We have not identified any pet injuries, and the risk is quite low,” state the official authorities.
Professor Lawrence Young, a virology expert at Warrick University, said:
“Our concern is that the virus can be transmitted to pets and start spreading
between them in every direction.
According to instructions from British health authorities, rodents such as
guinea pigs, rats, and mice must be removed from any homes where people
with monkeys, monkeypox is infected for 21 days and checked to ensure
that they are not infected.
The number of homes containing pets in the UK is estimated at 2 million, according to sales data.
According to health recommendations, an infected person must not prepare pet diets
if another person in the home can do the job.
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England’s chief veterinarian Christine Middlemiss said:
“No cases of chickenpox have been detected among pets in the UK and
the risk remains minimal. We will continue to check the situation closely
and cooperate with the competent authorities around the world
to control the risk of monkeypox spreading.”
“Isolation is the last resort.”
According to advice published by the European Centre for Disease Control
this week: “Monkeypox patients’ rats prefer to be isolated in controlled gatherings
and must be checked to ensure that they are not infected after the end of the isolation period.”
According to the document, this measure is used as a last resort if no other means are available.
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Larger pets can be isolated as dogs at home, with a frequent screening of their health condition.
Scientists say available information on the potential impact of monkey Monkeypox
on pets is scarce, but rodents and some types of squirrels can become
infected and transmitted easier than others.
Experts say human-to-animal transmission may contribute to the rapid spread
of the disease in the wilderness of Europe, but this likelihood is very small.
The potential and worrying risk is the permanent settlement
and transmission of the disease among animals.