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How is smallpox diagnosed?

Smallpox is diagnosed based on symptoms and using a sample of tissue from a lesion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a laboratory that can test for smallpox. The specific strain can also be determined based on the appearance of the rash and other symptoms.

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Why does smallpox no longer cause pandemic outbreaks?
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Is there any known supply of the smallpox virus in the world today?
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Is smallpox serious?
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How is smallpox different from chickenpox?
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