ANOTHER addition to the growing list
of new maladies is the buffalo pox
disease. The recent outbreak of the
disease in Beed district of Maharashtra has raised concerns among
Indian scientists about man-to-
man transmission of buffalo pox
virus. According to the scientists,
there was nothing alarming about
the recent outbreak which had
affected five infants in Beed. The
scientists have however cautioned
against the virus which is a relatively
harmless cousin of the small pox virus.
it causes ulcers in the teats and
udders of buffaloes and renders them
Humans coming in close contact with the infected animals contract the virus which produces mild fever, pock lesions in hands and occasional swelling of the lymph nodes. Till now, no man-to-man transmission had ever been reported. But investigations by scientists at the National Institute of Virology in pone, showed the affected infants had never gone anywhere near buffaloes. They could only have got the virus from their parents.
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