In 2007, a boy got a “smallpox-like” reaction from his father’s smallpox vaccine. (1) Which is curious. Because that vaccine is not made from smallpox, it is made from vaccinia. “Although the exact origins of vaccinia virus are uncertain, vaccinia may represent a hybrid of the variola and cowpox.”(2) So what disease did the boy get, then?
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