SMALLPOX

Description

It is an extremely contagious and deadly virus

Symptoms

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Severe back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Abscesses filled with fluid and pus

Causes

  • Variola virus:
  • Directly from person to person
  • Indirectly from an infected person
  • Via contaminated items
  • As a terrorist weapon, potentially

Diagnostic Tests

Definitive test using sample tissue taken from one of the lesion on skin

Treatment

  • Drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • Medicines for pain or fever

Prevention

Administration of small pox vaccine