Essay on Small Pox

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Small Pox

Small pox, which was once the most feared disease known by mankind started out in the days of Christopher Columbus. The disease set out to change the lives of the people in the worse way. It became known as an epidemic disease that ended up killing hundreds of people. Small pox started out in Hispaniola and because of no cure, it traveled to the island of Puerto Rico, and then Cuba.
It was only a matter of time until it spread to the mainland, somewhere in
America. In the Middle Ages, small pox was a highly contagious disease which often lead to death if not treated. In this term paper you will read and learn about the causes, symptoms and treatments of this horrible disease.

Small pox which was often refereed to as a life
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Some of the patients were also left blinded. The victims who were faced with this dreadful disease, suffered terribly. In some cases if sever enough the patient would lose the battle with smallpox and die. Sometimes the rash would never heal completely and cause an acne type look on the persons body. There is no medication to clear up the acne it is perminit, sometimes worse than others.

In 1796, Edward Jenner, a British physician, developed the first vaccine to prevent small pox (Johnston 92). At the age of eight he experienced a painful fight with small pox. This was his inspiration to discover a method to prevent the suffering of small pox victims. The news of this marvelous development spread quickly and it was soon used widely around the world. During the 1800's many countries required everyone as a law, to receive the vaccine.
It was recognized that the vaccine was the best quality and the disease continued to spread. The vaccination contained the virus that causes cowpox, this disease is similar to small pox but a milder form. This causes the production of antibodies that give protection against both cowpox and small pox.
There is no specific treatment for small pox. Due to the disease being so contagious, patients need to be isolated until they are completely recovered.
The sores must be kept clean and penicillin and sulfa medications are sometimes given to prevent

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