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    Toddler survives smallpox vaccine reaction

    By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
    WASHINGTON | Fri May 18, 2007

    (Reuters) - A two-year-old boy who developed a serious reaction to his father's smallpox vaccination has recovered but disease detectives found infectious virus all over his house, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.

    The Indiana toddler developed a rare rash known as eczema vaccinatum after playing with his father, a soldier vaccinated for deployment in Iraq, reported Dr. John Marcinak of the University of Chicago and CDC experts.

    Experimental treatments helped the child, but the CDC said the incident showed that care must be taken by people who receive the smallpox vaccine.

    It was the first case of eczema vaccinatum reported in the United States since 1988, the CDC said. The child was hospitalized for 48 days but should suffer no long-term consequences other than possible scarring, said the report, published in the CDC's weekly report on death and disease.

    Pox viruses can survive on inanimate objects so experts tested the family's home.

    "Multiple swab samples obtained from the home (e.g., from a bathroom washcloth, a slipper, a toy drum, a night stand, a booster seat, and an ointment container) and from items brought to the child's hospital room (e.g., an infant drinking cup and a car seat) were positive for vaccinia virus DNA," the researchers wrote.

    Read more: Toddler survives smallpox vaccine reaction | Reuters

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    Toddler survives smallpox vaccine reaction

    By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
    WASHINGTON | Fri May 18, 2007

    (Reuters) - A two-year-old boy who developed a serious reaction to his father's smallpox vaccination has recovered but disease detectives found infectious virus all over his house, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.

    The Indiana toddler developed a rare rash known as eczema vaccinatum after playing with his father, a soldier vaccinated for deployment in Iraq, reported Dr. John Marcinak of the University of Chicago and CDC experts.

    Experimental treatments helped the child, but the CDC said the incident showed that care must be taken by people who receive the smallpox vaccine.

    It was the first case of eczema vaccinatum reported in the United States since 1988, the CDC said. The child was hospitalized for 48 days but should suffer no long-term consequences other than possible scarring, said the report, published in the CDC's weekly report on death and disease.

    Pox viruses can survive on inanimate objects so experts tested the family's home.

    "Multiple swab samples obtained from the home (e.g., from a bathroom washcloth, a slipper, a toy drum, a night stand, a booster seat, and an ointment container) and from items brought to the child's hospital room (e.g., an infant drinking cup and a car seat) were positive for vaccinia virus DNA," the researchers wrote.

    Read more: Toddler survives smallpox vaccine reaction | Reuters

    thanks for sharing it.

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