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Man Who Got Smallpox Vaccine Passes Milder Infection to Sex Partner: CDC
Date:2/28/2013

ntravenous, which the CDC supplied. After treatment, the patient was discharged and his condition also cleared up with no further complications.

The vaccinated man was interviewed and confirmed that the first patient was his only sex partner in the two to 30 days after he had been vaccinated, according to the report.

Transmission of the vaccinia virus is not uncommon, especially if the wound left by the vaccine isn't kept covered as it heals, the CDC said. The open wound can easily transfer the virus to other parts of the body or other people.

This report, however, highlights the potential for the virus to be transmitted through sexual contact and reinforces the need to keep the vaccination wound covered, the agency said.

More information

For more on smallpox vaccine, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Marc Siegel, M.D, clinical associate professor, medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; March 1, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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