Story: The Facts About Ebola and Our Pets
Sadly, Excalibur, the dog of Ebola patient Teresa Romero Ramos (pictured), was euthanized in Spain despite there being no documented cases of dogs becoming sick with Ebola or spreading it to people or animals. According to experts, authorities could have quarantined the dog instead.
The panic over Ebola has spread to our canine friends. But is that justified?
Here’s the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
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 (AVMA) do not believe that pets are at significant risk for Ebola in the United States.”
- Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets – CDC
- Is My Pet Dog or Cat at Risk for Catching or Transmitting Ebola? – Dog Lover’s Digest
- Dogs + Ebola: What Every Owner Needs to Know – American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation
- Ebola Virus – AVMA
- “Ebola Virus Antibody Prevalence in Dogs and Human Risk” (download) – research study from Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal
Update: The AKC Canine Health Foundation just published a new report, “Ebola: Understanding Viral Transmission, Pathogenesis and Why the Dog is Part of the Conversation,” concluding that “…there is currently no evidence that exposed dogs become productively infected and shed Ebola virus.”