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Pet hamsters belonging to monkeypox sufferers must be remoted or killed, say well being chiefs


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Different animals, together with canine and cats, also needs to be saved indoors – however can isolate at residence because the dangers of contracting the virus are decrease.

The Telegraph understands the UK Authorities is about to publish comparable recommendation within the coming days, urging monkeypox sufferers to maintain their distance from animals.

Though the pure reservoir of monkeypox is unknown, consultants imagine it comes from rodents in west and central Africa, the place the illness is endemic.

Virus has a ‘extensive host vary’

In 2003, an outbreak in the USA was traced again to animals imported as pets from Ghana – two rope squirrels, a Gambian rat and three dormice. The animals contaminated close by prairie canine at a wholesale pet retailer and the prairie canine contaminated 47 individuals in six states – America has since prohibited the importation of all African rodents.

Prof David Robertson, of the Glasgow Centre for Virus Analysis, advised the Telegraph that though the specter of monkeypox leaping from people to pets to wildlife is low, it’s a “legitimate concern”. 

If this occurs, it might be extremely tough to hint the unfold of the virus – which might leap again into people from wildlife, triggering recurrent outbreaks.

“Rabbits and mice can be ones to look at, as they’re more likely to be saved as pets,” Dr Robertson stated, pointing to a 1976 examine which concluded they’ll catch the virus.

“This virus does have fairly a large host vary which is at all times worrying when it comes to potential to determine in a brand new host species… it might appear smart to observe any animals/pets that contaminated individuals are involved with,” he added.  

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