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What increases my risk for smallpox?

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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How would the government protect us from bioterrorists using smallpox?
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Why does smallpox no longer cause epidemic outbreaks?
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Before the eighteenth century, smallpox was a serious cause of infectious disease epidemic outbreaks...
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Is there any known supply of the smallpox virus in the world today?
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Is smallpox fatal?
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