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Smallpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the variola virus, a member of the Orthopox virus family. It is one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity, with a mortality rate as high as 30%. In 1967, the World Health Organization embarked upon an intensified vaccination campaign to eliminate smallpox, which culminated in the successful eradication of the disease globally by 1980.

By the mid-1980s, there were only two known repositories of variola virus: the Institute of Virus Preparations in Russia, and the US CDC. The events in the US in September and October 2001 highlighted the risk that the variola virus might be used as an agent of bioterrorism. Governments around the world are taking precautionary measures to be ready to deal with a potential smallpox outbreak.
Radboudumc, iMM Lisboa, PATH team up to test new malaria vaccine concept

Radboudumc, iMM Lisboa, PATH team up to test new malaria vaccine concept

New study shows efficacy of Ebola vaccine in offering protection against disease

New study shows efficacy of Ebola vaccine in offering protection against disease

Experimental Ebola vaccine offers high protection against deadly virus, reveals major trial

Experimental Ebola vaccine offers high protection against deadly virus, reveals major trial

Okayama University researchers find way to prevent replication of influenza viral RNA

Okayama University researchers find way to prevent replication of influenza viral RNA

Rabies vaccine stored at warmer temperatures can protect against disease, WSU research shows

Rabies vaccine stored at warmer temperatures can protect against disease, WSU research shows

Region of the Americas becomes first in world to eradicate measles

Region of the Americas becomes first in world to eradicate measles

Exposure to infections in early life not linked to higher mortality risk during adulthood

Exposure to infections in early life not linked to higher mortality risk during adulthood

SLU researchers study investigational vaccine for yellow fever

SLU researchers study investigational vaccine for yellow fever

First-ever vaccine to combat Leishmaniasis under development

First-ever vaccine to combat Leishmaniasis under development

Scientists start clinical trial to test new prostate cancer vaccine

Scientists start clinical trial to test new prostate cancer vaccine

Experimental vaccine shows effectiveness in Ebola vaccine trial

Experimental vaccine shows effectiveness in Ebola vaccine trial

PharmAthene to be compensated for loss of profits over SIGA's smallpox antiviral drug

PharmAthene to be compensated for loss of profits over SIGA's smallpox antiviral drug

RBHS Chancellor leads study to eliminate chronic viral hepatitis

RBHS Chancellor leads study to eliminate chronic viral hepatitis

Virologists demonstrate how poxviruses defeat the body's host immune defenses

Virologists demonstrate how poxviruses defeat the body's host immune defenses

Bacteriophage therapy: an alternative to antibiotics? An interview Professor Clokie

Bacteriophage therapy: an alternative to antibiotics? An interview Professor Clokie

WHO officials hope to eradicate polio by 2024

WHO officials hope to eradicate polio by 2024

Discovery could open up door for cancer research and treatment

Discovery could open up door for cancer research and treatment

GLOBVAC programme tests new vaccine that may provide complete protection against Ebola virus

GLOBVAC programme tests new vaccine that may provide complete protection against Ebola virus

First large field trial shows VSV-ZEBOV is effective against Ebola

First large field trial shows VSV-ZEBOV is effective against Ebola

Tests show VSV-ZEBOV vaccine safe and effective against Ebola

Tests show VSV-ZEBOV vaccine safe and effective against Ebola