Novel Poxvirus in Proliferative Lesions of Wild Rodents in East Central Texas, USA

Northern pygmy mice from two localities in East Central Texas had proliferative epidermal lesions on the tail and feet. Electron microscopy of lesion tissue revealed poxvirus. Phylogenetic analyses indicated the virus differed 35% from its closest relatives, the Chordopoxvirinae.

Novel Poxvirus in Proliferative Lesions of Wild Rodents in East-Central Texas, USA

Northern pygmy mice, from two localities in East-Central Texas, had proliferative epidermal lesions on the tail and feet. Electron microscopy of lesion tissue revealed poxvirus. Phylogenetic analyses indicated the virus differed 35 percent from its closest relatives, the chordopoxvirinae.