Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > In the News - Pet related articles and stories in the press > Newspaper Articles of Interest (animal/pet related) from Around the World

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old July 3rd, 2003, 12:05 PM
petnews's Avatar
petnews petnews is offline
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 220
CDC says animals infected with monkeypox should be destroyed

Canadian Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Any pets feared infected with monkeypox should be destroyed, and other animals, including cats and dogs, that may have been exposed to the disease should be quarantined for up to six weeks, federal health officials said Wednesday.

The announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention represents a stepping-up of its efforts to control the outbreak. There have been no confirmed U.S. cases of monkeypox in cats and dogs, but such pets could get the virus from close contact with an infected animal and spread it to humans, the CDC said.

"The goal is to protect people, pets and wildlife in the United States, by preventing the monkeypox virus from spreading or becoming established permanently," said Martin Cetron, deputy director of the CDC's global migration and quarantine programs.

The CDC also said laboratory tests confirmed that the monkeypox outbreak in the United States came from six African rodents that arrived on a ship from Ghana three months ago.

The CDC earlier had recommended quarantine for animals suspected of having monkeypox, but raised the order to kill those animals once it confirmed the source of the outbreak.

Monkeypox has been confirmed in 32 people, mainly in Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. The illness in humans is not usually fatal but causes rashes, fevers and chills. Most Americans who caught monkeypox got it from infected pet prairie dogs.

The 800 or so African rodents that arrived on the ship also should be destroyed, the CDC said. The animals have been quarantined for weeks by pet shops and other distributors.

Pet stores that comply with the new euthanasia and quarantine orders may reopen when health officials determine they are safe, the CDC said.

The government has banned imports of African rodents and halted the sale and movement of prairie dogs and some similar rodents.

People who suspect their pets have monkeypox should call state health officials, said Stephanie Shain of the Humane Society.

"If you're at all concerned, it's worth a phone call," she said. "It's difficult because the symptoms they're describing could be a number of problems - not necessarily monkeypox."


On the Net:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/ncidod/monkeypox/index.htm

Copyright 2003 The Canadian Press
Our stories derive from various news sources through press releases and from various pet-related sources. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them here.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:07 PM.