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Smallpox: A Deadly and Dangerous Virus
Smallpox is extremely contagious and can be deadly. It is transmitted through the respiratory tract. It contains DNA. It will cause high fever, headache and flu like symptoms for the first week before developing a very bad rash. If not treated by this point, get immediate help. After the first week of symptoms, the virus is most contagious and deadly.
HOW the virus attacks
JUST HOW DEADLY?
The patient should be isolated until all scabs have fallen off (about 3-4 wk after rash development) to prevent transmission of the variola virus (smallpox virus)
The fluid and electrolyte balance should be monitored to avoid dehydration
Medications should be given for fever and pain
Good nutritional support should be maintained
Skin care should be instituted