Mousepox virus

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mousepox virus --> infectious ectromelia virus

A virus belonging to the family poxviridae morphologically similar to vaccinia virus, which occurs as a latent infection in laboratory mice, but which may be activated by stresses such as irradiation and transport to cause disease; inoculation into the footpad results in oedema and necrosis.

Synonym: ectromelia virus, mousepox virus, pseudolymphocytic choriomeningitis virus.