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Questions and answers about monkeypox
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    November 4, 2003
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    Overview: About monkeypox -- Monkeypox in the United States -- Pets and monkeypox -- Embargo and prohibition of certain rodents and prairie dogs.

    Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that occurs mainly in the rain forest countries of central and west Africa. The disease was first discovered in laboratory monkeys in 1958. Blood tests of animals in Africa later found evidence of monkeypox infection in a number of African rodents. The virus that causes monkeypox was recovered from an African squirrel. Laboratory studies showed that the virus also could infect mice, rats, and rabbits. In 1970, monkeypox was reported in humans for the first time. In June 2003, monkeypox was reported in prairie dogs and humans in the United States.

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