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Smallpox

  • Abram S. Benenson

Abstract

Smallpox is a serious systemic disease which may kill 40–50% of the unprotected individuals it afflicts. The disease has a characteristic exanthem and disfigures and sometimes blinds most of the survivors. A closely related poxvirus, that of variola minor (or alastrim), causes a similar exanthem but less severe illness and the case fatality rate is 2% or less.

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Case Fatality Rate Primary Vaccination Smallpox Vaccination Smallpox Vaccine Variola Virus 
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Suggested Reading

  1. Benenson, A. S., Routine vaccination for all is still indicated, in: Controversy in Internal Medicine II (F. J. Ingelfinger, R. V. Ebert, M. Finland, and A. J. Relman, eds.), pp. 371–381, Saunders, Philadelphia, 1974.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abram S. Benenson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Community MedicineUniversity of Kentucky College of MedicineLexingtonUSA

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