What increases my risk for smallpox?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The smallpox virus has not been active in the United States since 1949 and not since 1977 across the world. Thus, your risk for getting it is almost nonexistent. If smallpox were to reappear, you would need to be in close contact with someone who was infected and contagious. The spread of smallpox through bioterrorism is of some concern to the government, which works to stay prepared for such an outbreak.

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