Prairie Dogs resorting to bioterrorism?
Posted by Digger (Jeremiah Rabbit) on Tue 10 Jun 2003 - 12:54
The first human infections of the African monkeypox virus in the U.S. have been traced back to prairie dogs sold by a Milwaukee pet distributor. Apparently the animals were shipped, (and possibly collabarators with) a Gambian rat. Health officials said they suspect the rat was the source of the infection, because tests have shown Gambian rats have natural antibodies to monkeypox as well as access to complex pharmacutical facilites.
It is currently not known if the rat has ties to any terrorist groups, nor if the prairie dogs will be deported according to Immigration and Naturalization Service officials.
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