Second case of Novel Orthopoxvirus infection reported in Alaska

A second case of a novel orthopox, first detailed in 2015, has been reported in the the Fairbanks area of Alaska. 

Named Alaskapox, due to it's region of discovery, this orthopox is not yet known to cause sever malady and both of those suffering from the infection reported cases of fever and fatigue. The first case also presented with a small lesion on her shoulder, and shoulder pain for a period of about 2 weeks. 

Very little is known about Alaskapox to date, there have only been these two known infections which were 5 years apart. This in istelf leads epidemiologists to belive that transmission is rare, and there has been no evidence of human to human transmission.

Click here to read the full State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin. 

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