Alaska confirms first fatal case of Alaskapox (New York Post)


    Alaska confirms first fatal case of Alaskapox – By Patrick Reilly (New York Post) / Feb 11, 2024

    Alaska health officials confirmed the state’s first fatal case of Alaskapox — a recently discovered viral disease.

    An elderly immunocompromised man from the Kenai peninsula, south of Anchorage, died while undergoing treatment in late January, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

    He is one of only seven reported Alaskapox infections, the Alaska Department of Public Health said in an announcement on Friday.

    “People should not necessarily be concerned but more aware,” said Julia Rogers, a state epidemiologist. “So we’re hoping to make clinicians more aware of what Alaskapox virus is, so that they can identify signs and symptoms.”



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