Monkey pox: patients should avoid contact with certain pets as much as possible

In the state of knowledge, lagomorphs, such as rabbits or hares, are receptive and sensitive under experimental conditions, in particular rabbits. Sciurids, including squirrels and prairie dogs (whose possession and sale is prohibited in France), seem to constitute a receptive and sensitive family, possibly the most at risk of contamination by humans.

Pet rodents, such as brown rats, mice, guinea pigs or even hamsters, seem, for their part, not very receptive to the virus in adulthood, but they could be so for the youngest animals. Data are lacking for ferrets and dogs. Concerning cats, only one serological study exists with negative results. At this stage, no clinical cases have been reported in these three species.


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