The Ministry of Health has been notified of the first confirmed case of monkeypox, also known as monkeypox, in a domestic animal. The case took place in Juiz de Fora/MG. The confirmation was made by the Ezequiel Dias Foundation (FUNED), which notified the Center for Strategic Information on Health Surveillance of Minas Gerais (CIEVS Minas).
This is a 5-month-old puppy that lived in the same environment and had contact with a confirmed human case of the disease. The animal started to show symptoms on August 13, it started with pruritus (itching), with lesions and crusts located on the back and neck.
The Minas Gerais State Health Department instructed the Juiz de Fora Municipal Health Department to isolate the animal and disinfect the site with bleach. It was also instructed that, whenever the owner needed to come into contact with the animal (for food and hygiene of the place), to use gloves, mask, long-sleeved shirt and pants (skin protection).
In Brazil, until now, there was no documented evidence of transmission of the disease from humans to animals. However, given the latest notifications, this type of transmission is being studied. There are two reports in the world about the infection being acquired through human transmission: in the United States and in France.
People infected with monkeypox should avoid contact with animals, including pets, to prevent the spread of the virus. Transmission usually occurs through close contact with the wounds, body fluids and respiratory droplets of infected people or animals, being possible from the onset of the first symptoms until the scars separate and the skin has fully healed.
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