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This 1960 photograph depicted the left foot 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, while smallpox is caused by the variola virus.

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