Smallpox

Katelyn Luck

The Smallpox disease

What is the cause of the Smallpox disease?

The Smallpox is caused by a virus called viriola.


How can the Smallpox disease be spread?

The Smallpox disease can be spread through direct and fairly face-to-face contact. Smallpox can also be spread through direct contact with infected bodily fluids or contaminated objects such as bedding or clothes.


What are the symptoms of the Smallpox disease?

Some symptoms of the smallpox disease are:


  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Malaise
  • Headache
  • Severe back pain
  • Abdominal pains
  • Vomiting


How can Smallpox be treated?

Sadly, there is no effective cure for Smallpox. Medical management is mostly for the patient's support.


How can I help prevent myself from getting the disease?

An effective medicine to prevent Smallpox has not been invented yet. However, a vaccine has been invented and has been known to prevent the disease.


Here are a few interesting facts about the Smallpox disease.


  • Animals and insects cannot transmit Smallpox
  • If aerosolized Smallpox were to be released, 90% of the disease would die within 24 hours.
  • 1950's- world wide 15 million cases of Smallpox are reported each year in the decade.
  • The highly contagious disease has killed 500 million people in the last century!!!


To learn more about this disease visit www.cnn.com/2013/09/02/health/smallpox-fast-facts/