Concomitant Human Infections with 2 Cowpox Virus Strains in Related Cases, France, 2011 - Vol. 19 No. 12 - December 2013 - Emerging Infectious Disease journal - CDC
Volume 19, Number 12—December 2013
Concomitant Human Infections with 2 Cowpox Virus Strains in Related Cases, France, 2011
AbstractWe investigated 4 related human cases of cowpox virus infection reported in France during 2011. Three patients were infected by the same strain, probably transmitted by imported pet rats, and the fourth patient was infected by another strain. The 2 strains were genetically related to viruses previously isolated from humans with cowpox infection in Europe.
Patient 3 was the 26-year-old female veterinarian who examined the sick rats. She kept their corpses in her office for a few days before destroying them. On September 20, she displayed cutaneous lesions similar to those of patients 1 and 2; samples of her lesions were collected 3 days later.