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How is smallpox treated ?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: 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. >

In brief: 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. >
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
The WHO announced World-wide eradication of Smallpox on May 8 1980. Smallpox has no animal reservoirs. So Smallpox would not return naturally.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: No cases/ supportive
The world health organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1979 with the last known natural cases in 1977.
During its active period the only known care was supportive. Some modern antivirals might have some benifit but without cases to treat there is no data to show effectiveness. As an illness it was unique in having no carrier insects or animals, only human to human transmission.

In brief: No cases/ supportive
The world health organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1979 with the last known natural cases in 1977.
During its active period the only known care was supportive. Some modern antivirals might have some benifit but without cases to treat there is no data to show effectiveness. As an illness it was unique in having no carrier insects or animals, only human to human transmission.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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