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Smallpox

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Synonyms of Smallpox

  • No synonyms found.

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Variola Major (Smallpox)
  • Variola Minor (Alastrim)

General Discussion

Smallpox is an infectious disease caused by the variola virus. It is characterized by fever, a general feeling of ill health (malaise), headaches and back pain. These initial symptoms are followed by a rash and small, raised bumps or lesions (pocks) within two or three days. Smallpox was a highly contagious disease, but was declared eradicated in 1980. However, recently smallpox has become of interest because of the possibility of its use as a weapon of warfare or of terrorism. There were two strains of smallpox, variola major and variola minor.

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