Smallpox is a contagious disease caused by the variola virus. The disease was eradicated globally as a result of vaccination, with the last naturally occurring case occurring in 1977. It does remain as a potential bioterrorism weapon. Smallpox was transmitted from person-to-person through contact with smallpox sores and through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of smallpox include a fever and a distinct rash.

To obtain or inquire about an immunization record, or for general immunization information, please contact your local public health unit.


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Updated 1 May 2019