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Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

Smallpox Safety

Biosafety Level 4 criteria are used when working with smallpox.

Smallpox is very contagious and easily spread from person to person.

Always use appropriate personal protective equipment including masks, laboratory coats, gloves, and eye or face shields when collecting and handling specimens.

Important safety note: Smallpox virus may grow in Herpes cultures. Use caution!

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