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If I get smallpox what is the chance of survival?

If I get smallpox what is the chance of survival?

Smallpox infection: Historically the survival rate of smallpox varied, but in most communities there was a fatality rate (chance of death) of about 30-35%. The last natural case in the world was in 1975 or 1977 depending on which form you are talking about, and the last case of an infected individual was in 1978 in a laboratory, so you are unlikely to have to worry about getting infected by this. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Smallpox (Definition)

Smallpox is an infectious disease caused by viruses variola major and variola minor. It was a significant cause of death. Only humans were infected by smallpox and it ...Read more


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If my child gets smallpox what is the chance for survival?

Depends: The case fatality rate back 30+ years ago when smallpox was last seen was around 30%. Some individuals had more dramatic presentations with higher fatality rates & children & people >30 were more likely to die. Given that a return of smallpox is unlikely, i would not spend a lot of time worrying about it. ...Read more

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Can I get smallpox?

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 a similar place in Russia. The only way you could get this disease would be by an act of terrorism which is very unlikely. ...Read more

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How can I get smallpox?

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 and one lab in moscow. Both countries agreed along with the world health organization that they would destroy their remaining stocks. ...Read more

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Can you get vaccinated for smallpox?

Smallpox vaccine: The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. All natural sources of smallpox have been eradicated. According to the CDC “The U.S. government has enough vaccine to vaccinate every person in the United States in the event of a smallpox emergency.” This is part of Emergency Prepared & Response for possible future bioterrorism (in aftermath of 9/11). >> ...Read more

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How could a person get infected with smallpox?

Agree w Dr. Gallant: Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1979 by the world health organization. Bioterrorism or infection of a laboratory worker handling materials (this would be very unlikely due to protocols used when handling this type fo infectious material) are possible mechanisms for infection. ...Read more

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How can I get a vaccine for smallpox?

How can I get a vaccine for smallpox?

Why?: There are a very limited # of scientists & medical personnel who receive the vaccine because they work either with the virus or a similar virus. The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. All natural sources of smallpox have been eradicated. According to the CDC “The U.S. government has enough vaccine to vaccinate every person in the United States .” ...Read more

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Can military people get a smallpox vaccination?

Not routinely: Smallpox is an example of the success of vaccines in eradicating a disease that previously caused significant devastation. Only if there is a threat of biological warfare do troops get the smallpox vaccine. This webpage shows which vaccines military personnel receive: http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/theorderlyroom/l/blvaccinations.Htm. ...Read more

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Who discovered the bacteria responsible for smallpox? Do we still get vaccinated for that?

Smallpox: The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. All natural sources of smallpox have been eradicated. The government only provides smallpox to several hundred scientists/ medical personnel in research settings. It's a virus. ...Read more