Mississippi's Smallpox Response Plan
Mississippi has formed public health response teams in each public health district of the state that will administer smallpox vaccinations to hospital staff who might be called upon to provide medical care to a smallpox patient.
Smallpox: The Vaccine
The smallpox vaccine can cause adverse reactions in some people and is currenty recommended only for health professionals who might need to treat smallpox patients or those who might be called upon to control smallpox outbreaks in the future.
Smallpox infection begins with high fever, head and body aches, and sometimes vomiting. A rash follows that spreads and progresses to raised bumps and severe blisters. The blisters scab and fall off after about three weeks, leaving a pitted scar.
Smallpox: About the Disease
Smallpox is an acute, contagious, and sometimes fatal disease marked by fever and a distinctive progressive skin rash. Smallpox spreads through the air, but is easily controlled because it develops slowly in an infected person.