camelpox

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Related to Camelpox virus: variola virus, OIE
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Noun1.camelpox - a viral disease of camels closely related to smallpox; "with a little genetic engineering camelpox could be used as a bioweapon"
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
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Another concern is the zoonotic potential of some OPXVs, such as monkeypox virus, camelpox virus, buffalopox virus, and cowpox virus (CPXV) (2,3).
The sequence of camelpox virus shows it is most closely related to variola virus, the cause of smallpox.
dogs); rabbits Vaccinia virus Unknown Vaccinia virus has been used to immunize people against smallpox and was the original virus obtained from cattle; assumed to Buffalopox virus Waterbuffalo and cattle First characterized in 1971 in India Camelpox virus Camels Seen in Africa and Asia Most closely related to smallpox Cowpox virus Cattle (also cats, anteaters, and rodents) Feline cowpox Domestic and zoo cats This virus is identical to (lions, cheetahs, pumas, cowpox virus and is believed etc.) to cause about 50% of cowpox infections in people.
Iraqi bioweapons specialists are known to have been working with the camelpox virus, which may be used as a surrogate for research on smallpox therapies and vaccines and for the development of the smallpox virus as a weapon.
"It could be that only a small set of changes would be necessary for camelpox virus to infect people, " he added.
Iraq's research into viruses - including polio, influenza, foot and mouth disease, the camelpox virus, infectious haemorrhagic conjunctivitis virus and rotavirus - was also worrying.