Smallpox

Overview

Smallpox is a contagious, disfiguring, and often deadly viral disease. Naturally occurring smallpox was destroyed worldwide by 1980.

Treatments

There's no treatment or cure for smallpox. A vaccine can prevent it. But the vaccine's side effect risk is too high to justify routine vaccination for people at low risk of exposure to the virus.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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