Akhmeta Virus

Type: Virus

Geography: Georgia (country in Eurasia)

Cases Per Year: 1

Fatality rate: 0%

First Discovered: July 2013 in Georgia

Akhmeta virus is a type of orthopoxvirus, which include human illnesses such as smallpox, vaccinia, monkeypox, and cowpox. The virus was found in herdsmen as well as their cattle. Symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and painful boils on the hands and arms. The virus does not seem to be deadly. It is most similar to cowpox but is less severe. The likely transmission pattern of the virus is through contact with infected animals, not person-to-person. The incubation period is 2 to 4 days, and the virus typically lasts around 2 to 4 weeks.

Photo: Smallpox virus, a close relative of Akhmeta virus – Electron micrograph.