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Can I get smallpox?

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

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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Is smallpox serious?

Is smallpox serious?

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. ...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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How is smallpox treated?

Smallpox tx.: A Smallpox patient should be isolated in a negative-pressure room until all scabs have fallen off. Provide intravenous or oral hydration wi electrolyte/ fluid monitoring. The person should be vaccinated as soon as possible after exposure. Wound care is important. Use ventilatory support if required. Although there is no specific medication for Smallpox, cidofovir (antiviral) amy be helpful. > ...Read more

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How does smallpox spread?

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 there has been no cases since 1977, we only hear about this from people worried it may resurface as a bioterror weapon. ...Read more

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How do you catch smallpox?

Smallpox: Human to Human transmission. The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980. Smallpox has no animal reservoirs. So Smallpox would not return naturally. ...Read more

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How can you cure smallpox?

Smallpox: The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980. Smallpox has no animal reservoirs. So Smallpox would not return naturally. A Smallpox patient should be isolated in a negative-pressure room until all scabs have fallen off. Provide intravenous or oral hydration wi electrolyte/ fluid monitoring. The person should be vaccinated as soon as possible after exposure. Wound care is ...Read more

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How is smallpox transmitted?

Inhaling the virus: Smallpox is highly contagious. In most cases, people get smallpox by inhaling droplets of saliva, which are full of virus, during face-to-face contact with an infected person. ...Read more

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What is the cause of smallpox?

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. ...Read more

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Was smallpox truly eradicated?

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 reservoirs. So Smallpox would not return naturally. ...Read more

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What is the vector for smallpox?

Humans: Of our major plague like illnesses, smallpox is somewhat unique in having no animal or insect carrier. Exposure to infective material from humans was the only known form of transmission. This aided eradication as immunized health providers created a "wall" around active cases. The WHO offered a bounty for reporting any cases as the illness wound down & none were found in the wild after 1977. ...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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What are the tests for smallpox?

What are the tests for smallpox?

None: Smallpox was eradicated in 1979. There were non-specific blood tests. The diagnosis was made based on the rash and the clinical picture as well as the knowledge of an outbreak. ...Read more

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How many forms of smallpox exist?

Two forms of smallpo: Historically there have been two forms of the disease. Variola major was the main form of the disease that caused all sorts of medical problems. Variola minor was much less common, much less severe, and only about 1% of all smallpox infections. There hasn't been a smallpox infection in the world since 1978, so you are unlikely to see either of these viruses. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from smallpox?

Currently there is: No Smallpox in nature. It is considered an eradicated disease. When it occurred, it was deadly. Smallpox from Variola Minor had a death rate of 1% or less. 90% of unvaccinated smallpox cases fell under the category of “ordinary Smallpox”. The overall fatality rate for Smallpox was 30%. Malignant (AKA flat) Smallpox made up 5 to 10% of cases, was usually fatal & mostly effected children. ...Read more

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Is it possible that smallpox comes back?

Agree with Dr. Raff: It won't come back naturally as it has been eradicated. 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. ...Read more

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Has there been a resurgence of smallpox?

Has there been a resurgence of smallpox?

No: The reason that the vaccine was put back into production was due to threat of bioterrorism after 9/11. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have smallpox?

Smallpox: Has approx. 12 day incubation period. Fever is usually 101° F or >. Sx's include: headache, muscle pain, malaise, nausea, vomiting, back pain, Rash develops on forehead & then involves face. Lesions than occur closest to the trunk on extremities on the track and later to the distal extremities. The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980. Smallpox has no animal reservoirs ...Read more

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What kind of damage does smallpox cause?

Death, disfigureing: The case fatality rate for smallpox ran ~30% in most forms up to 100% in malignant forms. Dimed sized facial "pox" often left permanent reminders of those that survived the disease. Severe fever leading to being bedridden was common in the first wk. Since there have been no cases since 1977 & those only in the third world, few doctors now in practice have ever seen a case. ...Read more

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How would I know if I had caught smallpox?

Dreadfull illness: Adults with smallpox were dreadfully ill within days, bedridden with high fever and loss of energy. Since no wild cases have occurred in the US since 1949 and worldwide since 1977 you are not likely to catch this in your lifetime. See the CDC website for specific details. Www. Bt.cdc. Gov/agent/smallpox/index. Asp. ...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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How did they do the eradication of smallpox?

Circles of vaccine: The virus is never asymptomatic and has no animal or insect hosts and the vaccine is heat stable, not needing a cold chain. At the end, as each case in asia or africa was discovered, all of the people around the index case were immunized. ...Read more

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What else have we eradicated besides smallpox?

What else have we eradicated besides smallpox?

Getting close: There are a few pockets of polio left but this one should soon be gone. Work is also being done on the guinea worm and a few other parasites. There is a massive amount of work being done on malaria but little success so far. ...Read more

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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

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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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What are the major presenting symptoms of smallpox?

Smallpox: Has approx. 12 day incubation period. Fever is usually 101° F or >. Sx's include: headache, muscle pain, malaise, nausea, vomiting, back pain, Rash develops into pustules on forehead & then involves face. Lesions than occur closest to the trunk on extremities on the track and later to the distal extremities. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: smallpox?

What is the definition or description of: smallpox?

Smallpox: 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 was eradicated in 1979. ...Read more

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How could they try to treat smallpox in the 1600's?

Smallpox: Smallpox is likely to have presented in Northeast Africa about 10, 000 BC. According to “Edward Jenner& the history of smallpox & vaccination” by Stefan Riedel, cold treatment, herbs & special cloth was used during the Medieval ages to tx Smallpox. ...Read more

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Is it possible for smallpox to become prevalent again?

Smallpox: The WHO announced worldwide eradication of smallpox on May 8 1980. Smallpox has no animal reservoirs. So smallpox would not return naturally. 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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Can you tell me if I could not take the smallpox shot?

Smallpox vaccine: Unless you are a scientist or medical person working with Ebola virus or a similar virus - then the Ebola Vaccine will not be available to you. 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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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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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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How much time does smallpox take for an individual to be cured up?

That Depends: For Ordinary Variola Major – usually all lesions clear by 16 to 20 days. Malignant & Hemorrhagic Smallpox are usually fatal. Complications can throw off any timeline. ...Read more

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In a very basic and simple way can you tell me the symptoms of smallpox?

Smallpox: Currently a disease not in existence in humans, but preserved in at least 2 labs. It produces fever, malaise and skin lesions which are like blisters, come out all in one crop, may be slightly umbilicated (have a little dent in center). They break down, may bleed, leave ulcers and if you survive, deep pitting scars. ...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 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 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