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Is there a treatment for smallpox?

There is no cure for smallpox, and treatment is limited. The smallpox vaccine can prevent or ease the symptoms of smallpox if given before signs of the disease develop. Antibiotics can also help with the bacterial infections that people sometimes get when they have smallpox. However, studies are being done on new anti-viral drugs like cidofovir that show promise in fighting the disease.

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