he first potential case of human-to-dog monkeypox transmission has been documented by researchers in France.
The viral disease was declared a public health emergency of international concern on July 23 by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization. On. Aug. 4, the Biden administration declared monkeypox to be a public health emergency in the United States.
As of Aug. 17, there were 39,434 reported human cases globally and 13,516 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The first case of the current outbreak of monkeypox was found May 6 in the U.K. in a person who had traveled to Nigeria. Subsequent cases of the virus have generally occurred among humans through close contact with lesions, bodily fluids, or respiratory droplets from infected individuals.
On June 10, a team from Sorbonne University in Paris recorded two human cases of infection with monkeypox virus connected with a case in a dog. The researchers described their findings in an article published Aug. 10 in The Lancet.
The article states that two men who were living together had anal skin ulcers about a week after sex with other male partners. Twelve days after the onset of monkeypox symptoms, their 4-year-old male Italian Greyhound tested positive for the virus. The dog, who co-slept with the men, had red, tender bumps with white pus on its abdomen and an anal skin ulcer.