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A disease not seen since the early 1990s brings a 2-year-old boy to within inches of death. The young boy spent more than 48 days quarantined in a special negative pressure room at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital after being diagnosed with eczema vaccinatum -- a rare severe adverse reaction caused by exposure to the vaccinia virus. University of Chicago specialists in pediatric infectious disease, cricital care and dermatology worked closely with government agencies to ensure the child received the best care, and to prevent further transmission of the life-threatening condition. Read the full story