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Smallpox Toolkit
Smallpox Toolkit

OVERVIEW  | REGULATIONS & GUIDELINES | BEST PRACTICES | INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES | PATIENT RESOURCES  


Overview

Before smallpox was eradicated, it was a serious infectious disease caused by the variola virus. It was contagious—meaning, it spread from one person to another. People who had smallpox had a fever and a distinctive, progressive skin rash.
 
Most people with smallpox recovered, but about 3 out of every 10 people with the disease died. Many smallpox survivors have permanent scars over large areas of their body, especially their faces. Some are left blind.
 
Thanks to the success of vaccination, smallpox was eradicated, and no cases of naturally occurring smallpox have happened since 1977. The last natural outbreak of smallpox in the United States occurred in 1949. Source: CDC

Regulations & Guidelines
CDC

(1) Smallpox

(2) Vaccine Basics

(3) For Clinicians

(4) Bioterrorism

(5) Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

WHO

Smallpox

MedlinePlus  Smallpox

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Best Practices

 

Key Learnings as of September 2017

Though a bioterrorist attack using smallpox is not likely to happen, public health authorities plan and prepare so that they can protect as many people as possible if this event does occur. Source: CDC


Related Articles

(1) Research

(2) News from MedlinePlus

 

 FAQ's

(1) Prevent Spread of Disease

(2) Frequently asked questions and answers on smallpox

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Instructional Resources
Videos

Smallpox Vaccine Administration Video

Image 

From MedlinePlus

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Patient Resources
MedlinePlus

Smallpox

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