Handle as potentially biohazardous material under Biosafety Level 2+ containment.
Virus characteristics are essentially the same as vaccinia.
REFERENCE STRAIN: Fenner, F. et al., Virology 4: 305, 1957.
, Cowpox virus natural killer cell receptor gene, complete cds.
, Cowpox virus gene for 14kDa fusion protein
Vaccination recommended for lab staff manipulating vaccinia, monkeypox, or cowpox viruses (CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 4th ed, 1999 - stock no. 017-040-00547-4).
Essentially same as vaccinia.
Effect on Host
Yes, in vivo effects: Localized hemorrhagic lesion at inoculation site