The dog of a Spanish Ebola patient was ordered euthanized by the Spanish government today due to fears that the dog could be carrying the virus. The WA State Department of Health has put together talking points that address the risk of catching Ebola from a pet. The talking points were developed in close consultation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- 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.
- We do suggest 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 State Public Health Veterinarian and Local 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.
- 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.
Updates to the Ebola situation can be found on the Department of Health Website, click here.