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4 October 2020 / Alaska Public Media / Dan Bross

Scientists suspect "Alaskapox" rash could be spread from small animals

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

The novel virus has only affected two people, both in Fairbanks. The "Alaskapox" was first identified in 2015 after a Fairbanks woman sought medical attention for a small skin lesion, pained fever and fatigue. In August, a second Fairbanks woman with no known connection to the first was found to have the virus. Scientists suspect both women may have gotten the virus from contact with small wild animals.

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