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Is it possible to die from smallpox?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Currently there is

No Smallpox in nature.
It is considered an eradicated disease. When it occurred, it was deadly. Smallpox from Variola Minor had a death rate of 1% or less. 90% of unvaccinated smallpox cases fell under the category of “ordinary Smallpox”. The overall fatality rate for Smallpox was 30%. Malignant (AKA flat) Smallpox made up 5 to 10% of cases, was usually fatal & mostly effected children.

In brief: Currently there is

No Smallpox in nature.
It is considered an eradicated disease. When it occurred, it was deadly. Smallpox from Variola Minor had a death rate of 1% or less. 90% of unvaccinated smallpox cases fell under the category of “ordinary Smallpox”. The overall fatality rate for Smallpox was 30%. Malignant (AKA flat) Smallpox made up 5 to 10% of cases, was usually fatal & mostly effected children.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Hemorrhagic Smallpox which is usually fatal, made up 2% of cases & mostly effected adults.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Case fatality rate from 30-100% depending on age and variation in disease type.

In brief: Yes

Case fatality rate from 30-100% depending on age and variation in disease type.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Joel Gallant
I agree...though it's very hard to die of smallpox today, when the disease no longer exists on the planet.
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