Mysterious Alaskapox Virus That Jumps From Animals to Humans Has Resurfaced

The mysterious Alaskapox virus has resurfaced in Fairbanks, Alaska, this summer with two new cases. The earlier two cases, in 2015 and 2020, were also reported in the same area.

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the infected Alaskans have since recovered after contracting the disease with non-severe symptoms, Alaska Public Media reported.

Experts suspect that small animals are carriers of the virus, with a testing and trapping project having found evidence of Alaskapox virus in squirrels, voles, and shrews, KTOO reported.

Dr. Eric Mooring, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), explained that all four of the Fairbanks Alaskapox cases experienced single, small skin lesions that “varied a bit in color, but reddish-whitish and then sometimes even went on to become a darker sort of a brownish shade.” (Read more from “Mysterious Alaskapox Virus That Jumps From Animals to Humans Has Resurfaced” HERE)

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