Prairie Dogs; Photo - AP

The Times reports that one prairie dog "has accounted for more than half the 34" reported cases of monkeypox cases in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin state epidemologist Jeffrey P. Davis says that the one prairie dog "was a super-transmitter if there ever was one. The prairie dog was moved quite a bit from a pet store to a household to one veterinary clinic and then to a second veterinary clinic before it died."

CNN says that the suspected cases of human-to-human transmitted monkeypox cases do not seem to be monkeypox cases. (At least, Gothamist thinks that's what the article said.) In this case, Dr. Davis warns "it's not to say it [human-to-human transmission of the virus] does not occur, and precautions must be taken." Gothamist will definitely keep that in mind.

Gothamist on Monkeypox, Prairie Dogs and West Nile, Gambian Giants Rats, and banning of Prairie Dogs.