Term googled: smallpox versus monkeypox; monkeypox; cowpox. Wikipedia and emedicine have helped me with the symptoms of monkeypox versus smallpox, but not how the viruses might differ in appearance in the bloodstream, during the incubation and/or prodormal stages. Also the CDC Smallpox FAQ
I'm just looking for a bit of clarification on two things:
1) How plausible is it that a scientist who is not an infectious disease specialist/virologist could look at bloodwork and confuse smallpox with monkeypox? For that matter, if the smallpox vaccine is administered after my character suspects that he's been exposed to smallpox, how easy would it be to distinguish the disease from the vaccine?
2) From the CDC Smallpox FAQ, (and from The Demon in the Freezer), I do see that the vaccine should not be given to a person with eczema. Is it problematic to give it to a person with bedsores?