An Old Virus Gets New Attention
Worldwide Outbreak Puts a Fresh Focus on Monkeypox Research
For decades, monkeypox has been exclusively endemic to parts of Central and West Africa. But in 2003, 3-year-old Schyan Kautzer of Dorchester, Wisconsin, developed flu-like symptoms and a painful rash of raised welts after being bitten by her pet prairie dog. She was the first person diagnosed with monkeypox in the Western Hemisphere, followed by more than 70 suspected or confirmed cases in six midwestern states reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the likely culprits? Infected Gambian pouched rats imported from Ghana.
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