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Treatment

There is no proven treatment for smallpox. People with the disease can benefit from intravenous fluids and medicine to control fever or pain as well as antibiotics for any secondary bacterial infections that may occur. If an infected person gets the smallpox vaccine within 4 days after exposure to the virus, it may lessen the severity of illness or even prevent it. The majority of people with smallpox recover, but death may occur in up to 30 percent of cases. Those who do recover are often left with disfiguring scars.

Last Updated March 06, 2009