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The Persistent Danger of Poxes

If we do experience an orthopoxvirus outbreak from smallpox, monkeypox, or something else entirely, the U.S. does have a stockpile of smallpox vaccine—enough to immunize every citizen. Once the nature of the outbreak is identified, that is. Still, whether the exposure comes from an inadvertent contact with a hidden orthopoxvirus in nature or after stumbling upon great-grandpa’s stash of smallpox scabs in the attic, rest assured that a return to the days of hundreds of millions of smallpox deaths is unlikely.

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