"Pox" is a term that refers to a group of infectious diseases caused by viruses. These viruses belong to the family Poxviridae and can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fever, rash, and sometimes even death.
The most well-known example of pox is smallpox, which has been eradicated through vaccination efforts. Other examples of pox viruses include monkeypox, cowpox, and vaccinia.
Pox viruses are highly contagious and are typically spread through direct contact with an infected person or contaminated object. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and treatment usually involves managing the symptoms while the body fights off the infection. Vaccines are available for some types of pox viruses, such as smallpox and monkeypox.