oa South African Family Practice - Vaccinia and its transmission : eyecare practitioners : letter to the editor

Volume 47, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2005;47(4) 4 Vaccinia and its transmission: eyecare practitioners To the Editor: Viriol virus belongs to the family Poxviridae, subfamily Chordopoxvirinae, and genus orthopoxvirus, which includes vaccinia (smallpox vaccine) and several other animal poxviruses that cross-react serologically.1 Vaccinia virus is the live virus used in the smallpox vaccine, it helps the body develop immunity to smallpox.2 Because the virus in the vaccinia is live, it can be inadvertently transmitted from the recently vaccinated person to other people.3 Bandages, clothing and hands that touch the vaccination site before it heals can become contaminated and transmit the virus to another ..

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