Smallpox Q and A (cont.)

How can we stop the spread of smallpox after someone comes down with it?

Symptomatic patients with suspected or confirmed smallpox are capable of spreading the virus. Patients should be placed in medical isolation so that they will not continue to spread the virus. In addition, people who have come into close contact with smallpox patients should be vaccinated immediately and closely watched for symptoms of smallpox. Vaccine and isolation are the strategies for stopping the spread of smallpox.

The above information has been provided with the kind permission of the Centers for Disease Control
(www.bt.cdc.gov/)
Last Editorial Review: 12/12/2002