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small pox

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Bryan Quintero

on 16 April 2010

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Transcript of small pox

smallpox The smallpox virus, or variola – its scientific name It was a highly contagious viral disease that killed up to half of those infected A person with the smallpox disease is only contagious through spread of the fluids from the rashes or pustules. sometimes it could be contagious when their tempeture goes over 101. The initial symptoms of smallpox, 7 to 17 days after exposure, include the acute onset of fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting and severe muscle aches. A rash follows that spreads and progresses to raised bumps that crust, scab, and fall off after about three weeks, leaving a pitted scar. ---more information about smallpox.---



There is a vaccine to prevent smallpox. The United States stopped routine use of the vaccine in 1972 when it appeared that smallpox was under control worldwide. Drug companies stopped making the vaccine at about that time. The stored vaccine supply in the United States is under the control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Prevention of smallpox generally includes vaccination and certain health authority measures. The most effective prevention against smallpox is to administer the smallpox vaccine Smallpox is believed to have appeared at the time of the first agricultural settlements in northeastern Africa, around 10 000 BC http://www.annals.org/content/127/8_Part_1/635.full
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