Experimental infection of an African dormouse (Graphiurus kelleni) with monkeypox virus

Denise A. Schultz, John E. Sagartz, David L. Huso, R. Mark L. Buller

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Suitable animal models are needed to study monkeypox virus (MPXV) as human monkeypox clinically resembles smallpox and MPXV is a zoonotic and potential bioterroristic agent. We have demonstrated that a species of African dormice, Graphiurus kelleni, is susceptible to a lethal infection of MPXV and that MPXV replicated in multiple organs of this species. Following intranasal administration, MPXV replicated locally in the nasal mucosa causing necrosis and hemorrhage with subsequent systemic spread to lymph nodes, spleen, liver, and other tissues where it caused severe necrosis and/or hemorrhage leading to death. The dormouse model was validated for testing prophylactic (Dryvax vaccine) and therapeutic (cidofovir) test articles against intranasal challenges with MPXV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-92
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 5 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cidofovir
  • Dormouse
  • Dryvax
  • Graphiurus kelleni
  • MPXV-ZAI-79
  • Monkeypox virus
  • Smallpox
  • Variola

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology


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