ID#: 10170
This 1960 photograph depicted the left shoulder region of a bedridden elderly male, who was at first glance, thought to be suffering with a case of smallpox, but was subsequently determined to be a case of chickenpox, also known as varicella. Note how these varicella skin lesions closely resemble the maculopapular pustules manifested in smallpox.

Chickenpox is a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus, also known as Human herpesvirus 3 (HHV-3), while smallpox is caused by the variola virus.

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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. Alexander D. Langmuir
Creation Date: 1960
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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