The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture "do not believe that pets are at significant risk for Ebola in the United States," according to a CDC statement on Monday.
To put it another way, feat. T-Pain: The chance the average American could contract the Ebola virus from dogs, cats, pigs or other animals is low_3-ar45556">low, low, low, low, low.
Beyond a few high-profile cases, the disease is otherwise nonexistent in the U.S. Here's what the CDC has to say:
The risk of an Ebola outbreak affecting multiple people in the United States is very low. Therefore, the risk to pets is also very low, as they would have to come into contact with blood and body fluids of a person with Ebola. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola.
In the unlikely event a dog or cat does encounter someone with Ebola, it's not clear if the animal would be a risk to humans. As the Washington Post points out, a 2005 study found antibodies in Gabonese dogs following an Ebola outbreak - an indication the animals were exposed to the disease, but not evidence the canines were infected or contagious.