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UPI Reports Woman Contracted Genital Lesions After Sex with Vaccinated Soldier

Posted Jul 05 2010 12:00am

Speculum This is when herd immununity isn't quite what one would have hoped for, and becomes hurt immunity. Note how vaccine injury was initially overlooked. Sound familiar?

Woman ill after sex with vaccinated man

Published: July 1, 2010 at 10:41 PM
ATLANTA, July 1 (UPI) -- A woman who had sex with a member of the U.S. military vaccinated against smallpox subsequently contracted a related virus, health officials say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Thursday said despite the patient's exposure history, sex with a person vaccinated against smallpox, and clinical presentation, genital lesions, the diagnosis of vaccinia virus was not initially considered by the patient's doctor. (Emphasis ours)

"Healthcare providers caring for U.S. military personnel or their contacts should consider vaccinia virus infection in the differential diagnosis of clinically compatible genital lesions," the report said. "Healthcare providers should educate vaccinees and any contacts with unexplained lesions about methods to prevent transmission and inadvertent autoinoculation."

No more cases have been reported, the report said.

Vaccinia virus is used in the live-virus vaccine against smallpox but the vaccinia virus vaccine cannot cause a smallpox infection because it does not contain the smallpox virus.

The World Health Organization's Smallpox Eradication Program used the vaccinia virus in the vaccine that eradicated smallpox disease.

Due to the threat of bioterrorism, the vaccine is administered to the U.S. military.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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