In the first reported case of monkeypox being passed from a human to their pet, an Italian greyhound owned by a gay couple has been infected.
The French couple, who are not monogamous, are thought to have contracted monkeypox after having sexual contact with other men.
They reported finding abscesses on their dog’s stomach. A PCR test later revealed that the dog had been infected with the virus.
Since their cases were confirmed in June, both men, 44 and 27, had suffered from severe ulcers and rashes. And, just 12 days after their symptoms started, the dog started showing signs of infection.
Since the beginning of their own ailments, the duo has kept their dog isolated from other pets and humans.
Officials have advised those infected with the virus to isolate themselves from their animals in order to prevent the virus from spreading.
This is the first instance of monkeypox infection in a domesticated animal.
The recent monkeypox outbreak has been declared a worldwide emergency by the World Health Organization. This year, close to 100 countries have disclosed cases of monkeypox, and the virus has been connected to a dozen deaths.