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Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Small pox has been eliminated from any possible exposure. There are two deposits of the virus left: one in the CDC deep freeze in Atlanta and one in ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Deadly: Case fatality rate 30-100% depending on form and patient age. Patients were often bedridden with fever 102-4 for the week before spots came out. If th ... Read More
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Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes and no: It's extremely serious if you get it. But since the disease has been eradicated frm the planet, it 's not a serious concern.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
With great : Difficulty. Smallpox was eradicated in 1980. The exception was stocks of the virus maintained in liquid nitrogen at one lab in atlanta, georgia a ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
No cases/ supportive: The world health organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1979 with the last known natural cases in 1977. During its active period the only known ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Person to person: Contact with infectious material from an person with smallpox is how this was passed. There are no insects or animals that spread the germ. Since ther ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Exposure to case: Since the disease hasn't been found active in the world since 1977, it would be quite a notable event for you to get smallpox. While it was active it ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Treatment supportive: Given that 30+ years have past since the last case, there may be newer meds available that would help.Treatment at the time was supportive.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Person to person: No insects or animals for this disease. Only contact with infectious material from a contageous person will pass this germ. Viral particles from sores ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Smallpox: All natural sources of smallpox have been eradicated. The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980. Smallpox has no animal reser ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nicolas Melgarejo
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Variola Virus: Smallpox is caused by the variola virus, which is a large dna virus that is rather contagious and easily transmissible from humans to humans.
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