A four-year-old Italian greyhound in Paris appears to be the first domestic Pet infected with the monkeypox virus. Researchers reported that the animal broke out in suspicious blisters 12 days after its owners developed pus-filled lesions. Tests confirmed that the same strain of monkeypox infected one of the two men and their Pet.
Given the closeness we share with our pets, “this was not unexpected,” says Colin Parrish, a professor of veterinary virology at Cornell University who studies newly emerging canine viruses. It’s been a theoretical risk because we pet and kiss our Pets, cuddle them on our laps, and share food with them. They lick us and often sleep with us, as the greyhound did with his owners, Parrish notes.