With the spread of Ebola in the United States, many pet parents are concerned about the risk of their animals becoming infected with the disease or becoming infected from their pet. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control has no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of the disease being spread to people by their animals.
Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has sent the following information to SCRAPS regarding the risks of Ebola being spread through contact with pets:
- There is no evidence that pets become sick with Ebola from routine contact with people who are infected with the virus.
- There is no evidence that pets can transmit Ebola to humans through routine contact.
- It is suggested that, in the rare instance that a pet is determined to be potentially exposed, the pet should be evaluated by a veterinarian in consultation with the Washington State Public Health Veterinarian and Spokane County Public Health.
- A potentially exposed pet should have limited contact with people for a minimum of three weeks from the time of potential exposure to the virus.
- Only a few species of mammals (for example, humans, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus. There is no evidence that mosquitoes or other insects can transmit Ebola virus.
Currently, the CDC is working with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the US Department of Agriculture to develop more specific guidance for pet owners and veterinarians. SCRAPS will receive that information as soon as it becomes available.
SOURCE – SCRAPS press release, October 22, 2014