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What color are smallpox spots?

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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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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Are small red spots all over the body small pox?

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 more

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

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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Can someone get infected by smallpox twice?

Possibly: It is highly unlikely, but anything is possible. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about a smallpox outbreak?

NO!: Small pox has been totally eradicated from the world. The virus may (?) exist in research setting but an outbreak is 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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Is it possible that smallpox disease will ever come back?

Not naturally.: The WHO announced worldwide eradication of smallpox on May 8, 1980. Smallpox has no animal reservoirs. So Smallpox would not return naturally. 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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What would happen in the us if there was a smallpox outbreak?

Lots of cases: If appropriately placed in a population not immune to smallpox, there would likely be lots of cases and many deaths. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how and when was smallpox eradicated in india?

Last case in Somalia: Somalia, 1977, to be exact. Then the World Health Organization declared the world 'free' of small pox in 1980. It was a horrible disease, marked by a 30% fatality rate. The survivors could be seriously disfigured by the rash - deep seated, pus-filled pox. Since the rash was so noticeable, it was relatively easy to spot victims and vaccinate all around that source patient (ring vaccination). ...Read more