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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
No, not smallpox: Small pox has been eradicated, meaning it no longer exists in our daily lives. Rashes are difficult to describe in words. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can examine a red spots rash to see what it might be. Sometimes rashes are related to medications, viral infections, or allergies. One should bring to the doctor a list of all medications used in the month before the rash appeared. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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