A human infection caused by monkeypox virus in Basankusu Territory, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bull World Health Organ. 1972;46(5):593-7.


This paper presents clinical and epidemiological information on a patient with smallpox-like disease, from whom a monkeypox-like virus was isolated. The patient was the first recognized human monkeypox case in medical history.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Poxviridae Infections / diagnosis*
  • Smallpox / diagnosis
  • Smallpox / prevention & control
  • Vaccination