Pox News

Published June 13, 2021

First: A human woman was infected with cowpox she got from her cat. That is not something (thankfully) you read every day.

Today, cowpox is rare in cattle, and the main reservoir is rodents, according to the Merck Veterinary Manual. Cats can become infected when they kill rodents carrying cowpox, but transmission from cats to people is rare,

WARNING: Article contains photo.

Second: Wales is reporting its second case of a human with monkeypox. How rare is that? Rare enough that my spell-checker doesn’t recognize (or even recognise) “monkeybox.”

WARNING: Article also contains photo.

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