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Smallpox (cont.)

Smallpox Prognosis

Smallpox is one of the most communicable of all infectious diseases. Of those who are unvaccinated, 30% may die. Survivors of the disease may experience severe complications, including deeply scarred skin, blindness, arthritis, osteomyelitis (bone infection), and fetal infections during pregnancy resulting in additional severe complications or death of the fetus.

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Smallpox is an acute contagious disease caused by the variola virus (Poxvirus variolae), a member of the Poxviridae family of the genus Orthopoxvirus.

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