As of Wednesday, you can't buy a prairie dog in Lubbock pet stores. That's the order from the Centers for Disease Control, which is banning the sale of prairie dogs in an attempt to control the spread of Monkeypox.
With 54 cases of Monkeypox now under investigation in the Great Lakes area, the CDC announced on Wednesday that they are advising that anyone who has come in contact with an infected prairie dog should get a smallpox vaccine after discussing it with your doctor.
Monkeypox is similar to smallpox in that it causes a rash, high fever, and muscle aches. But no one has died of Monkeypox, and there have been no cases in our area.
The smallpox vaccine can be administered up to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus. And the affected states: Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey are currently working out the details of how the vaccine will be administered.