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Alaskapox, The Viral Disease That Killed a Man In The US

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Alaskapox, The Viral Disease That Killed a Man In The US

(CTN News) – A death linked to Alaskanpox has been confirmed by health officials in Alaskapox. He was an old, immunocompromised man from the Kenai peninsula, south of Anchorage. One of only seven cases of Alaskapox have been reported, according to the Alaska Department of Public Health.

Despite living alone in the woods, the man had not travelled recently. When the illness first appeared, officials speculated that it might have been contracted by a house cat who regularly killed small mammals and scratched him. As per the New York Post, the cat’s test results showed no infection, but its claws might have spread it.

A red lump was noticed under the man’s right armpit in September and antibiotics were administered. His symptoms worsened six weeks later, resulting in pain and fatigue. During a series of tests in December, he was diagnosed with cowpox. After more testing, the Centers for Disease Control discovered that Alaskapox was the cause of the illness.

The Alaskapox virus is what it sounds like.

Alaskapox is an orthopox virus that was first identified in a Fairbanks resident in 2015, according to the Alaska Division of Public Health. The number of human illnesses has increased to six as of December 2023. Among orthopoxviruses is the Alasapox virus. These viruses cause skin lesions when they infect mammals.

Alaskapox is related to cowpox, monkeypox, and smallpox. Shrews and voles are particularly susceptible.

In Alaska, there has been no transmission of Alaskapox virus from person to person, according to the state’s website. We advise people with skin lesions possible caused by to cover the affected area with bandages, as some orthopoxviruses can be transmitted directly from skin lesions.”

How does it manifest?

An enlarged lymph node and joint or muscle discomfort are two of the symptoms. Alaskapox patients have reported skin lesions. Many victims initially believed a spider or other insect had bitten them. Almost all patients suffered from a minor illness that cleared up on its own after a few weeks. There might be a greater risk of severe illness for people with immune deficiencies.

Alaskapox can spread to others, right?


While there is no evidence that the virus spreads from person to person, certain orthopoxviruses can be transmitted by direct contact with lesions, especially through broken skin. Those suffering from Alaskapox-related skin lesions are advised to apply a bandage to the affected area and refrain from sharing bedding or linens.

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