Cowpox virus transmission from pet rats to humans, Germany.Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 May; 15(5):777-80.EI
We describe a cluster of cowpox virus (CPXV) infections in humans that occurred near Munich, Germany, around the beginning of 2009. Previously, only sporadic reports of CPXV infections in humans after direct contact with various animals had been published. This outbreak involved pet rats from the same litter.