Veterinarian Who Had Monkeypox Describes Symptoms as Outbreak Spreads

May 24, 2022

Veterinarian Dr. Kurt Zaeske was at the center of the last monkeypox outbreak in the United States, back in 2003. The virus was spread by infected prairie dogs, and initially the symptoms were a lot like COVID-19. “I started feeling feverish,” Zaeske told Inside Edition, “almost like flu coming on.” Then he broke out in painful blisters and sores all over his body. Seventy-one Americans got monkeypox in 2003, and there were no fatalities.

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