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The Alaska Department of Health additionally warned that home pets resembling cats and canine “may also play a role in spreading the virus.”

Dr Stathis Giotis, a Research Fellow on the Department of Infectious Disease at Imperial College London, mentioned scientists had but to ascertain the pathogen’s foremost route of transmission.

“Although we know the virus spreads in small rodents, such as voles and shrews, some patients in the past have suggested they were bitten by spiders, cats, or dogs. We don’t really know how it is spread at this point,” he mentioned.

“There is no reason to be alarmed, however. It is always good to be better informed about our interactions with wildlife. Washing our hands carefully with soap or alcohol-based products helps to protect against viruses, as well as recognising the signs of infection.”

Although first found practically 10 years in the past, Alaskapox might have been circulating for a “long time before that” attributable to its delicate nature, added Dr Giotis, that means most infections would have flown below the radar.

Alaskapox is a species of the Orthopoxvirus genus. Other members of this household that may infect people embrace cowpox, smallpox, and mpox.

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