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  • n. A viral disease, of primates and some other mammals, related to smallpox.


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monkey +‎ pox


  • Third, a related virus called monkeypox, which causes sporadic outbreaks of human disease in jungle regions of central and western Africa, might mutate to become more virulent and contagious in humans.

    Scared Of Smallpox

  • Amongst the infection control and exposure management techniques being used to control monkeypox is the vaccination of health care workers and household contacts with suspected cases of monkeypox; the vaccine being used is the smallpox vaccine.

    estamos preocupados por el brote de viruela/ we are worried about the smallpox outbreak

  • Just this year, exotic animals smuggled from Africa infected American prairie dogs, which then affected humans with so-called monkeypox; 37 cases were confirmed.

    CNN Transcript Nov 20, 2003

  • At least 28 people have been infected with "monkeypox", a disease related to smallpox and ...


  • Gambian pouched rats were once imported to the United States for sale as pets, but reports that an outbreak of monkeypox in the early 2000s caused the importation of African rodents to be banned.

    Picture Of Giant Rat Allegedly Found In Bronx, New York Foot Locker Goes Viral (PHOTO)

  • There's monkeypox, avian flu, the pig disease, on and on they go.

    Meghan O'Hara: 10 Signs the Apocalypse Is Upon Us

  • The Centers for Disease Control, for example, says humans can contract a host of diseases from primates, including the Ebola virus, monkeypox, tuberculosis and yellow fever.

    theGrio: Tainted Meat Exposes US Consumers to HIV-like Virus

  • We missed monkeypox [in 2003] until it infected people in four states.

    West Nile Virus: The Missing Link

  • Experts suspect similar amounts are arriving in other European hubs as well – an illegal trade that is raising concerns about diseases ranging from monkeypox to Ebola, and is another twist in the continent's struggle to integrate a growing African immigrant population.

    Tons Of Bushmeat Smuggled Into Paris, Study Finds

  • But others can be dire: when a shipment of Gambian giant rats spread monkeypox—a disease related to smallpox—across the Midwest, vets made up almost half of the victims.36 And animal-transmitted diseases can be fatal.



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  • There are many poxviruses in nature, and they infect species that gather in swarms and herds, circulating among them like pickpockets at a fair. There are two principal kinds of pox viruses: the poxes of vertebrates and the poxes of insects. Pox hunters have so far discovered mousepox, monkeypox, skunkpox, pigpox, goatpox, camelpox, pseudocowpox, buffalopox, gerbilpox, several deerpoxes, chamoispox, a couple of sealpoxes, turkeypox, canarypox, pigeonpox, starlingpox, peacockpox, sparrowpox, juncopox, mynahpox, quailpox, parrotpox, and toadpox. There's mongolian horsepox, a pox called Yaba monkey tumor, and a pox called orf. There's dolphinpox, penguinpox, two kangaroopoxes, raccoonpox, and quokkapox. (The quokka is an Australian wallaby.) Snakes catch snakepox, spectacled caimans suffer from spectacled caimanpox, and crocodiles get crocpox. . . .

    Insects are tortured by poxviruses. There are three groups of insect poxviruses: the beetlepoxes, the butterflypoxes (which include the mothpoxes), and the poxes of flies, including the mosquitopoxes. And attempt to get to the bottom of the insect poxes would be like trying to enumerate the nine billion names of God.

    . . .

    . . . The insect poxes may have arisen in early Devonian times, long before the age of dinosaurs . . . and the first insects were evolving. . . .

    At least two known midgepoxes torment midges. Grasshoppers are known to suffer from at least six different grasshopperpoxes. If a plague of African locusts breaks out with locustpox, the plague is hit with a plague, and is in deep trouble. Poxviruses keep herds and swarms of living things in check, preventing them from growing to large and overwhelming their habitats.

    Richard Preston, The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story (New York: Random House, 2002), pp. 64-66

    February 16, 2016