Dermatologist first in identifying monkeypox

Feb 09, 2004, 5:00am

P>The rash was like nothing John Melski, M.D., had ever seen before andhe had reason to be alarmed. Bitten by a prairie dog, his 3-year-old patienthad been hospitalized with a fever that raged for days despite intravenousantibiotics. Meanwhile, her parents became sick as well. It took Dr. Melskinine days of high-tech sleuthing to find out he was the first dermatologistin the Western Hemisphere to diagnose monkeypox in humans.