The likelihood of domestic dogs or cats being exposed to the Ebola virus (EBOV) through contact with infected persons in Europe is very low, as those affected are typically isolated promptly.
These are just two of the conclusions taken from a scientific report produced in response to a request from the European Commission to provide advice on risks related to pets having been in contact with people infected with Ebola virus. This assessment was carried out by experts from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and the European Food Safety Authority.
However, authors of the report also identified many knowledge gaps and a lack of data in their assessment – for example, there is currently no evidence that dogs can develop the disease and transmit the virus, nor that cats can become infected.
- Read “Risk related to household pets in contact with Ebola cases in humans”, published December 4, 2014.