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July 1970

Ocular VacciniaAn Epidemiologic Analysis of 348 Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Domestic Branch of the Smallpox Eradication Program, National Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(1):45-48. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040047012

Three hundred and twenty-six cases of ocular vaccinia and 22 cases of corneal vaccinia were detected by follow-up of patients receiving vaccinia immune globulin. The majority of these patients (70%) were primary vaccinees; over half had onset seven to ten days after vaccination. Nineteen percent acquired vaccinia from other vaccinated people. Fifty-eight percent of all patients were under 4 years of age, and 57% of all patients were female. Underlying conditions predisposing to vaccinia were infrequent. Residua in noncorneal cases were rare (2%); 18% of the corneal cases had residua. No residua were severe.