Canine Distemper in People?

Is it time to ask your veterinarian for a distemper vaccination for yourself?

Canine Distemper is a major problem in dogs. Before vaccinations were produced up to 80% of the puppies in a litter would die.

Measles vaccine has a lower mortality rate, killing two out of ten unvaccinated children.

Measles virus and distemper virus are closely related, both are morbilliviruses with similar structures causing similar signs in people and animals.

In recent years the distemper virus has spread from carnivores like dogs and raccoons...

to lions and tigers...

seals...

and now monkeys.

Humans are likely the next hosts for the distemper virus.

The distemper virus in monkeys looks eerily similar to measles in people. Here are skin lesions on one of the monkeys...

And here is a picture of measles infecting a child. Remember, the distemper virus kills 80% of puppies. Will it also kill eight out of ten children?

Should people ask their vet for two distemper shots, one for the dog and one for them?