Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

A pox on deer hunters? Say it ain’t so!

A parapox lesion (CDC&P photo)

Deer hunters who nick their fingers while field-dressing deer might end up with ugly-looking sores from a previously unknown virus.

The sores, caused by a newly discovered member of the parapox group of viruses, are unsightly and uncomfortable but apparently not life-threatening.

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have documented two cases of the virus, one in Virginia and the other in Connecticut. Both hunters recovered fully within a few months.  National Public Radio has the full story.

CDC scientists say the virus has no apparent negative effect on the deer that carry it.

Hat tip: J.R. Absher at The Outdoor Pressroom.