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Chickenpox or smallpox: the use of the febrile prodrome as a distinguishing characteristic.

Authors
  • Moore, Zack S
  • Seward, Jane F
  • Watson, Barbara M
  • Maupin, Teresa J
  • Jumaan, Aisha O
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Dec 15, 2004
Volume
39
Issue
12
Pages
1810–1817
Identifiers
PMID: 15578404
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Febrile prodromes occur in a significant proportion of patients with chickenpox, particularly among unvaccinated case patients and adults. Therefore, the febrile prodrome alone is not a sufficient marker of smallpox risk. All major and minor smallpox criteria should be considered together in assessing the likelihood of smallpox.

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