A nurse is working in a clinic in a remote area when she learns that there has been an outbreak of smallpox. Based on the nurse's understanding of this illness, which signs or symptoms would the nurse expect to see in affected patients? Select all that apply.


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- Flat, red spots on the face and hands

- Severe fatigue and exhaustion

- Bleeding gums

- Severe back pain

- Confusion and aggression


Smallpox is a communicable disease that is deadly if an outbreak occurs. Smallpox causes symptoms of a flat red rash, fatigue and exhaustion, severe back pain, fever, and headache. There is a vaccination for smallpox and it was once considered eradicated from the United States but officials have been seeing a return in some cases with occasional outbreaks that can be life threatening to those affected.

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