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BY: MAEVE 👀
SMALLPOX IS CAUSED BY THE VARIOLA VIRUS.
Smallpox only infects humans.
There is no vector.
rash that starts in the mouth and throat & later spreads to arms, face, legs, etc
The fever and other symptoms appear right away
and the rash appears after two-three days.
SMALLPOX IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS and can be spread by
close face to face contact
breathing in contaminated air on a bus, train, etc.
direct contact with contaminated objects like clothing or bedding.
isolate all infected people
vaccinate close contacts of infected people
THE TREATMENT IS the smallpox vaccine.
if the vaccine is successful, the rash will start to go away.
In a few days, the blisters will turn to scabs and fall off.
small scars are left behind.
only 30% of people with smallpox die.
THE MUMMY OF EGYPTIAN PHARAOH RAMSES V IN 1157 BC
was found to have scarring similar to that of smallpox on his remains.
(and google images)