It's the disease that everyone is fearing most right now -- Ebola. We could be dealing with more than a million cases of Ebola by January if efforts to tackle the disease outbreak are not drastically escalated.
Ebola has been reported in monkeys, apes, rodents, pigs, bats, porcupines, and dogs. So how safe are our pets?
For the moment, of course, Ebola is not found in North America and the danger remains centered in West Africa. But dogs in infested areas can contract Ebola as a result of eating or coming in contact with an infected animal, likely a fruit bat or a mouse.
Pet dogs and hunting dogs in West Africa have tested positive for the Ebola virus, but they showed no signs of being infected, said Michael San Filippo, senior media relations specialist for the American Veterinary Medical Association. The dogs did not get sick and did not die.
In other words, while dogs are able to contract Ebola, they do so asymptomatically. That means, while they can be a carrier of Ebola, they won’t present any of the symptoms and will remain unaffected by the condition.
The thing is -- dogs can carry the disease. They could technically pass it on to us. Although there are no documented cases of that happening, it's something to keep in mind, especially if the disease spreads to the U.S. or if you're traveling in countries where Ebola is found.