Smallpox

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  • You know what causes smallpox ?
  • Yes , variola the virus that causes smallpox is a member of orthopedists genus which also includes viruses that cause cowpox , monkey-pox , orf , and molluscan contagissum. 
  • Did you know the vaccine help the body develop immunity to smallpox. It was successfully wed to eradicate smallpox from human population. Routine vaccination of the american public against smallpox stopped in 1972 after the disease was eradicated in the united states. 
  • Did you know smallpox virus start in the lungs from there it invades the bloodstream and spread to the skin intestines, lungs, kidney, and brain. 
  • I didn't know that , but I do know the symptoms of smallpox which are backaches , severe headaches , vomiting ,  diarrhoea , and malaise. 
  • Yeah , I read the newspaper but I read the part about it not having a cure for smallpox. Vaccination can be used very effectively to prevent infection from developing if given during a period of up to four days after a person has been exposed to the virus. 
  • Did you read up on smallpox in the the newspaper ? It tells how it's transmitted. Smallpox spreads from contact with infected people. Direct and fairly prolonged face to face is required to spread smallpox from one person to another. Direct contact with infected body fluids. 
  • The vaccine is made from a virus called vaccinia , which is a pox type virus related to smallpox but causes milder disease. There's no treatment to smallpox. 
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