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How would I know if I had caught smallpox?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Eradicated

The WHO announced worldwide eradication of smallpox on May 8, 1980.
Smallpox has no animal reservoirs. So smallpox would not return naturally. So, you wouldn't catch it. However, 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.

In brief: Eradicated

The WHO announced worldwide eradication of smallpox on May 8, 1980.
Smallpox has no animal reservoirs. So smallpox would not return naturally. So, you wouldn't catch it. However, 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: You didn't

Trust me...You don't have it.
If you're going to obsess about a deadly disease, you should obsess about one that actually exists on the planet..

In brief: You didn't

Trust me...You don't have it.
If you're going to obsess about a deadly disease, you should obsess about one that actually exists on the planet..
Dr. Joel Gallant
Dr. Joel Gallant
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