• Toni posted an update in the group Group logo of Ask A VetAsk A Vet 5 years, 7 months ago

    Can pets and other animals contract Ebola?

    • Hi Toni,
      This is the most recent information from the American Veterinary Medical Association website regarding Ebola and companion animals:

      At this time, the CDC states that there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread the virus to people or animals. Even in areas of Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with the virus.

      The chances of a dog being exposed to Ebola virus in the U.S. are very low. Exposure requires close contact with bodily fluids of a person with symptoms of Ebola infection. This is why it is important for individuals symptomatic with the disease to avoid contact with animals and others to the extent possible. We do not yet know whether or not a pet’s body or fur can transmit Ebola to people or other animals

      Both the AVMA and CDC website have information on companion animals and Ebola and will continue to update these sites as we learn more.

      Take care,
      Kelly McCarty