a serious condition of camels in north Africa and southwestern Asia due to the camelpox virus. This virus features seldom, when, caused disease in men and women. But the series for the camelpox virus genome is most closely associated with that of the variola virus, the reason for smallpox. It's resulted in speculation that two viruses (camelpox and smallpox) might have developed from a typical ancestor following the development of intensive agriculture some 7,000 years back. See also: Orthopox; Smallpox.
a viral condition of camels closely associated with smallpox