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Monkey Pox Virus

Last Modified: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:36:51 IST
Disease name
Monkey Pox Virus
Species affected
Multiple(not specified)
Monkeypox virus is structurally related to the smallpox virus and causes similar, but usually milder illness. Monkeypox, like smallpox, is a member of the Orthopoxvirus group. Although the reservoir is unknown, the leading candidates are small rodents and squirrels in the rain forests of Africa, mostly in western and central Africa. Human disease occurs in Africa sporadically and in occasional epide
Status in Ireland
Not Reported
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
Never Recorded
DAFM Division Responsible
Animal Health/Veterinary Medicines/ Non ruminant animal health
Michael Sheahan SSVI
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