Cow Pox

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Cowpox is a viral infection that is primarily found in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom. The disease is most commonly spread through direct contact with an infected ulcer on a cow's teat. It can also be transmitted through direct contact with an infected cat, bank voles, wood mice, and field voles. Transmission from these animals to humans is rare, however.
Symptoms in a person who contracts cowpox are similar to those experienced after getting the smallpox vaccine, including a rash that develops where the skin touched the infected ulcer. A few other possible symptoms include a fever, chills, loss of appetite, and swelling of lymph nodes.
Typically, the disease improves within several weeks in people with normal immune systems. No treatment is available that can kill the virus, so treatment involves relieving symptoms as the body fights the virus.
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