Smallpox (Variola Virus)
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- Smallpox is a life-threatening, acute eruptive, contagious disease caused by the variola virus.
- The disease is characterized by a febrile prodrome followed by the development of a rash.
- Rash evolves in a characteristic fashion: Macules → papules → vesicles → pustules. Scabs form and fall off leaving scars called pockmarks.
- There are 2 clinical forms of smallpox:
- Smallpox minor is a less common and less severe form of the disease.
- There are 5 types of smallpox major, the more common and serious form of the disease.
- Ordinary smallpox
- Modified smallpox
- Flat smallpox
- Hemorrhagic smallpox
- Variola sine eruptione