Smallpox - Symptom
Variola - major and minor; Variola
Symptoms usually occur about 12 - 14 days after you have been infected with the virus. They may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- High fever
- Raised pink rash -- turns into sores that become crusty on day 8 or 9
- Severe headache
Signs and tests:
Special laboratory tests can be used to identify the virus.
- Reviewed last on: 6/23/2011
- Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Damon, Inger. Orthopoxviruses: vaccinia (smallpox vaccine), variola (smallpox), monkeypox, and cowpox. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier;2005:chap 129.
Frequently asked questions about smallpox vaccine. CDC Emergency preparedness and response. Accessed February 7, 2007.
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