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Two infected from contact with vaccinated soldiers

Two women developed infections after touching soldiers who had been vaccinated against smallpox and then touching their eyes. Both illnesses were preventable. Health authorities are reminding people who get the shot to keep the spot where they were inoculated covered and to avoid touching the skin and the bandages that cover it. Even people who have not been vaccinated can become ill if they touch the inoculation site of someone who was. Both women are recovering and not expected to have permanent scars. The first case involves a 26-year-old woman from the Los Angeles area who slept in the same bed several times a week with a man vaccinated in the military’s program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The man often left his vaccination site uncovered, the CDC was told. The woman was hospitalized and treated with vaccine immune globulin, which can counteract the most serious reactions to the vaccine. Full Story

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