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Alaskapox

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∙ Recently, Alaskapox, a rare virus causing mild illnesses, has been reported from Alaska.

About the Alaskapox:

∙ Alaskapox Virus (AKPV) is an orthopoxvirus that was first identified in 2015.

∙ It mainly has been found in small mammals, including red-backed voles and shrews. But pets, such as dogs and cats, may also carry the virus

∙ All recorded cases have been reported from the Fairbanks North Star Borough area, located a few hundreds kilometres from the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

Transmission:

∙ It is believed that the virus is transmitted from animals to humans.

∙ It is transmitted from small mammals and is related to smallpox and cowpox.

∙ However, no human-to-human transmission has occurred so far.

Symptoms:

∙ The symptoms of Alaskapox include rash, swollen lymph nodes, and joint or muscle pain.

Prevention 

∙ The best way to keep pets and family members safe is to keep a safe distance and wash hands after being outdoors.

∙ Also, do not try to keep wildlife as pets.

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