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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Smallpox

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How long does it take for smallpox to go away?

How long does it take for smallpox to go away?

Smallpox: For Ordinary Variola Major – usually all lesions clear by 16 to 20 days. Malignant & Hemorrhagic Smallpox are usually fatal. Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Smallpox (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by viruses Variola Major and Variola Minor that was a significant cause of death before ...Read more


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I received the smallpox vaccine about 16 days ago. I was wondering if I could get a tattoo on my other arm or on my chest? If I can't then how long should I wait?

Are you sure about: That? The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. The government only provides smallpox to several hundred scientists/ medical personnel in research settings. Read more

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Where does smallpox still exist?

Smallpox: The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980. There may still be some quantities of smallpox in limited research labs but it no longer occurs naturally. Read more

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Can you tell me how smallpox affect cells?

Smallpox: Poxviruses produce DNA-dependent RNA polymerase & other proteins that allows the virus to replicate in the cells' cytoplasm (vice the nucleus). Read more

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Are there any medications that can treat smallpox symptoms?

See below: No cure for smallpox exists. Treatment would focus on relieving symptoms and keeping the person from becoming dehydrated. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the person also develops a bacterial infection in the lungs or on the skin. Read more

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Could you tell me why haven't more diseases since smallpox been eradicated?

Because most: Diseases have non-human reservoirs. Rinderpest (cattle) has also been eradicated. Read more

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Is smallpox deadly?

Yes: During its active years smallpox in general had a 30% case fatality rate, highest in children and older adults. Some subtypes with malignant or hemorrhagic smallpox approached a 100% fatality rate. Read more

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Is smallpox contagious?

Yes: Viral particles from mouth sores or skin blisters are the infective material. It is passed only person to person, no animals or insect carriers. Read more

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What color are smallpox spots?

Varies: Since it is 30+ years since smallpox was eradicated we have only written descriptions & pictures in texts. Flat spots that grew to dime sized and became "pearls of puss"are described. There early concentration on the face led to early recognition. Spots followed 2-5 days of fever 102-104 and prostration to the point of being bedridden. Read more

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Can you get vaccinated for smallpox?

Theoretically yes: There is no public vaccine available for use as smallpox has been globally eradicated (except for the biological weapon stores of a couple countries). Read more

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What are the therapies used for smallpox?

Supportive care: It has been 30+ years since we had smallpox cases to treat but at the time care was supportive. (IV fluids, treatments for complications, etc.) newer antiviral medications might be helpful but their true value is unknown. Read more

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Should I be worried about a smallpox outbreak?

No: But it is not beyond the realms of possibility for a smallpox bioterrorism attack. Certainly not impossible. 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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Is it still necessary to be vaccinated for smallpox?

No: Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1979 by the world health organization. The only places where the virus might be located would be at specific (& few) laboratories. Read more

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