So here are answers to some questions you might have about smallpox:

The British used smallpox as a agent at the during the (1754–1763) against France and its allies. The actual use of smallpox had official sanction. British officers, including the top British commanding generals, ordered, sanctioned, paid for and conducted the use of smallpox against the Native Americans. As described by historians, "there is no doubt that British military authorities approved of attempts to spread smallpox among the enemy", and "it was deliberate British policy to infect the indians with smallpox".

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Epidemic. Armies and cities under siege were ideal breeding grounds for diseases of all sorts. In 1776 was struck with a smallpox epidemic directly related to the Revolutionary War. British troops had just evacuated Boston after a ten-month siege, leaving an outbreak of smallpox behind them (Americans accused them of deliberately spreading the disease). At nearly the same time some New England soldiers returning from the failed expedition brought smallpox back with them: of the eight thousand men who marched to Canada, two thousand fell ill with the disease. George Washington knew from firsthand experience what smallpox could do. Fearing an outbreak that would cripple his main army, he ordered a general inoculation for his troops and made the procedure available to civilians as well. The experiment-by-necessity was a resounding success; physician Benjamin Gale compiled statistics from Boston to show that only one person out of one hundred inoculated dieda great improvement over Mathers 3 percent a half century before. One might think that the benefits of inoculation could no longer be doubted, but that would be to underestimate conservative resistance to the procedure. New York still outlawed the practice, so Washington was forced to suspend inoculation while his army operated there and even to threaten punishment for any soldier or officer undergoing the procedure. As a result smallpox outbreaks continued throughout the war.

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The overall case-fatality rate for ordinary-type smallpox is about 30 percent, but varies by pock distribution: ordinary type-confluent is fatal about 50–75 percent of the time, ordinary-type semi-confluent about 25–50 percent of the time, in cases where the rash is discrete the case-fatality rate is less than 10 percent. The overall fatality rate for children younger than 1 year of age is 40–50 percent. Hemorrhagic and flat types have the highest fatality rates. The fatality rate for flat-type is 90 percent or greater and nearly 100 percent is observed in cases of hemorrhagic smallpox. The case-fatality rate for variola minor is 1 percent or less.

You may mistake a severe chickenpox rash for a smallpox rash at first.
Watch the progression of a case of smallpox in a young man who survived the disease.

Smallpox could be confused with several other diseases, especially:

Thanks to the developed by Edward Jenner in 1796 and the World Health Organizations (WHO) intensified immunization program begun in 1967, smallpox is no longer found in the world; the last naturally occurring case was reported in Somalia in Africa in 1977. Before this successful eradication program, the illness affected millions of people of all ages every year. Those who survived the severe period of infection often were left scarred or blinded.

The smallpox vaccine also would prevent the spread of disease because it can:

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The earliest credible clinical evidence of smallpox is found in the smallpox-like disease in medical writings from ancient India (as early as 1500 BC),

Since vaccination had become general, smallpox cases had fallen by at least one-half.

The last known case of smallpox in the U.S. was in Texas in 1949.

is a serious, contagious, and sometimes fatal infectious disease caused by the variola virus. There is no specific treatment for smallpox disease, and the only prevention is vaccination. The name smallpox is derived from the Latin word for “spotted” and refers to the raised bumps that appear on the face and body of an infected person.