Smallpox Disease

By: Leia Gardner

Smallpox: Cause and How it is Transmitted

Smallpox is cause by the variola virus. It is transmitted by breathing in the virus, saliva, close face-to-face contact, handling clothes or sheets with the disease, and bodily fluids. Animals and insects do not spread smallpox.

Smallpox: Symptoms

Smallpox has a lot of symptoms. Here are a few of the symptoms such as a fever, malaise*, head and body aches, vomiting, rashes, sores and blisters, and scabs. The fever is usually 101 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Malaise is discomfort or illness which is hard to explain.

Smallpox: Quotes

"Smallpox was the worst disease in history. It killed more people than all the wars in history." -Larry Brilliant

" I hope that some day the practice of producing cowpox in human beings will spread over the world - when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox." -Edward Jenner