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Is smallpox fatal?

Smallpox can sometimes be fatal. The most common form of smallpox has a fatality rate of about 30 percent. Some rarer forms of the illness are usually fatal. There is no cure or treatment for smallpox, but a worldwide vaccination program eliminated the disease in 1977.

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