Is My Pet Dog or Cat at Risk for Catching or Transmitting Ebola?

Dog-on-Exam-TableWith all the hyperbole about Ebola in the news, the question about whether this disease is transmissible to and from our pets is still an open one with no definite answers. But according to the CDC’s “Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets”, the probability seems low, as reflected in the following statements:

The ongoing epidemic of Ebola in West Africa has raised several questions about how the disease affects the animal population, and in particular, the risk to household pets. While the information available suggests that the virus may be found in several kinds of animals, CDC, the US Department of Agriculture, and the American Veterinary Medical Association do not believe that pets are at significant risk for Ebola in the United States.

At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread Ebola to people or other animals. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola. There is limited evidence that dogs become infected with Ebola virus, but there is no evidence that they develop disease.

Some information in this article was taken from Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets published on the CDC website. You can read the entire CDC article at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/qas-pets.html.

 

 

 

 

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