Dog reportedly gets monkey pox from owners

A dog owned by a gay French couple has contracted monkey pox after sharing their bed – the first confirmed case of human-to-pet infection, according to reports.

The Parisian men, aged 44 and 27, are said to have contracted the virus after sexual contact with other boys during their non-monogamous relationship.

The couple said they then noticed that their Italian Greyhound had developed pustules on his stomach.

A PCR test on the animal later confirmed it had the virus.

The medical journal Lancet said the dog shared a bed with the two men and may have licked one or both before licking itself.

Both men have suffered from extensive sores and rashes since they confirmed their cases in June.

The dog started showing signs of infection 12 days later.

“The men reported sleeping with their dog,” the outlet said. “They had been careful not to let their dog come into contact with other pets or people from the onset of their own symptoms.”

Monkeypox virus under the microscope
The World Health Organization has called the recent monkeypox outbreak a growing and global emergency.
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Display of the monkeypox virus
The couple said they then noticed that their Italian Greyhound had developed pustules on his stomach.
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Officials have urged high-risk groups or infected parties to quarantine away from their pets to reduce the chances of transmission.

The World Health Organization has called the recent monkeypox outbreak a growing and global emergency.

Nearly 100 countries have reported cases of the virus so far this year, including a dozen fatalities.

The vast majority of infections stem from gay sex, officials said.

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