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Is smallpox deadly?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

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

In brief: Smallpox = 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. Hemorrhagic Smallpox, which is usually fatal, made up 2% of cases & mostly affected adults.

In brief: Smallpox = 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. Hemorrhagic Smallpox, which is usually fatal, made up 2% of cases & mostly affected adults.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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