So Far Cats and Dogs Not a Risk to Contract Ebola


With all the scary statistics about Ebola going on around the world, many of us have been panicking and worrying over the state of the deadly disease that killing off many people in Africa. There was news earlier this week of a nurse from Spain who contracted the Ebola virus and whose dog was put down just in case it contracted it from its owner. Ebola, which is apparently passed on through bodily fluids and blood, has been quite the deadly epidemic, sending out folks from West Africa by the thousands this year alone. It’s no wonder that people and authorities like staff at airports all over are trying to take measures as to not contract Ebola themselves.

Despite the hysteria, so far it’s been learned that dogs and cats are not capable of contracting Ebola. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is actually no evidence that dogs and cats can either develop or transmit Ebola. Then have stated on their website, saying, “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.”

Aside from the nurse from Spain, there was another case of a nurse who contracted Ebola – this time a woman from Dallas – who had her dog Bentley taken and quarantined by Dallas Animal Services. Based on what the CDC states, there’s actually no reason for airlines to either screen or quarantine animals like cats and dogs – they’re good to go. Since they are not capable of contracting it, they are also not screened on flights coming to the USA from Africa as there is no evidence they can develop the disease.

With so many answers still unknown, the CDC says that it is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Veterinary Medical Association and other partners to develop additional guidance about the threat of Ebola for the U.S. pet population. It will apparently be released “as soon as it becomes available.”

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