Be aware & prevent yourself from getting smallpox!
What is smallpox?
Smallpox is a serious, contagious, and sometimes fatal infectious disease. There is no specific treatment for smallpox disease, and the only prevention is vaccination. The pox part of smallpox is derived from the Latin word for “spotted” and refers to the raised bumps that appear on the skin of an infected person. There are two clinical forms of smallpox. Variola major is the severe and most common form of smallpox, with a more extensive rash and higher fever. Variola minor is a less common presentation of smallpox, and a much less severe disease, with death rates historically of 1% or less. Smallpox outbreaks have occurred from time to time for thousands of years, but the disease is now eradicated after a successful worldwide vaccination program in 1979. The last case of smallpox in the United States was in 1949. The last naturally occurring case in the world was in Somalia in 1977. After the disease was eliminated from the world, routine vaccination against smallpox among the general public was stopped because it was no longer necessary for prevention.
Why isn't smallpox around anymore?
Smallpox used to be a very prevalent disease and spread quickly. In 1979, a smallpox vaccine was created and is now recommended in early childhood. No boosters are needed for the vaccine. There are currently no smallpox cases in America but there are some in 3rd world countries as well as poverty stricken communities around the world. The vaccine is no longer required in US, or even recommended, because there are no cases but it is highly recommended in places that you would be more app to get the disease.