Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola and Dogs

In light of the recent outbreaks of Ebola in Africa, and the couple of confirmed cases in the US the recent question of Ebola in household pets has been brought up.  

Research shows that dogs living in endemic areas (Africa etc.) have antibodies to the virus, however, none of these dogs have become actively infected with the Ebola virus. The dogs with the antibodies also do not show symptoms of the disease.  

The likelihood of a dog being exposed to the Ebola virus outside of the endemic regions is extremely unlikely, as it requires contact with bodily secretions of a human, or other animal, with symptoms of Ebola. Despite whether or not dogs can contract the virus, there is no current research that a dog with antibodies to the virus will shed the virus. That said, there is no current evidence that a dog can infect a human with the Ebola virus. 

Click here to learn more about Ebola and pets and contact us today with any questions you may have (219) 872-4191. 

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