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

January 1, 2011 by John McCoy

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.

One Response to “A pox on deer hunters? Say it ain’t so!”

  1. Jack Asbury says:

    It’s odd that we are just hearing about this now or has this pox been around for years? If it has not, then what else could turn up, makes you wonder, remmember CWD.

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