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What Physicians Treat Smallpox?
A person may initially see a primary-care provider (PCP) such as a family practitioner, internist, or child's pediatrician, or an emergency-medicine specialist in a hospital's emergency department, but infectious-disease specialists must be consulted, along with state, federal, and local health authorities.
What Tests Do Physicians Use to Diagnose Smallpox?
Initial diagnosis of smallpox is most likely based on a history and physical examination findings; any person suspected of having the disease needs to be isolated, people caring for the patient should use strict isolation-barrier techniques to protect themselves and others from exposure and local, state and national health authorities should be informed immediately. Other procedures (quarantine and vaccinations of people who contacted the patient) will be done if smallpox is diagnosed (see below).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2016
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