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.