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How can you cure smallpox?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
important. Use ventilatory support if required. Although there is no specific medication for Smallpox, cidofovir (antiviral) may be helpful.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Treatment supportive

Given that 30+ years have past since the last case, there may be newer meds available that would help.
Treatment at the time was supportive.

In brief: Treatment supportive

Given that 30+ years have past since the last case, there may be newer meds available that would help.
Treatment at the time was supportive.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Joel Gallant
It's still supportive, though there is some non-definitive evidence that cidofovir might be effective. But I'm always curious as to why people ask about treatment for a disease that no longer exists.
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