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U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak Traced to Wisconsin Pet Dealer

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Science  13 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5626, pp. 1639
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5626.1639a

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Monkeypox, a cousin of smallpox that normally dwells in the rainforests of Western and Central Africa, has popped up in towns in three states in the U.S. Midwest, infecting pet prairie dogs and their owners. It is the first time that a monkeypox outbreak has been seen in the Western Hemisphere.