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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.
Promising vaccine patch candidate for COVID-19

Promising vaccine patch candidate for COVID-19

Public health leadership needed to direct COVID-19 response and communications

Public health leadership needed to direct COVID-19 response and communications

Researchers highlight urgent need for public health leadership during COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers highlight urgent need for public health leadership during COVID-19 pandemic

Is the Bay Area’s ‘unprecedented’ lockdown the first of many?

Is the Bay Area’s ‘unprecedented’ lockdown the first of many?

Tapping pre-existing immunity to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment

Tapping pre-existing immunity to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment

Coronavirus update: Crucial information about transmission, diagnosis, treatment

Coronavirus update: Crucial information about transmission, diagnosis, treatment

New technology distinguishes between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases

New technology distinguishes between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases

Many dermatologists are unprepared to respond to biological disasters, study finds

Many dermatologists are unprepared to respond to biological disasters, study finds

ART may not be completely effective in restoring immune protection, study suggests

ART may not be completely effective in restoring immune protection, study suggests

NIAID to fund VTEU program and its companion leadership group

NIAID to fund VTEU program and its companion leadership group

Scientists solve 3D structure of vaccinia virus RNA polymerase

Scientists solve 3D structure of vaccinia virus RNA polymerase

CSU awarded $1.2 million subcontract to accelerate tuberculosis vaccine development

CSU awarded $1.2 million subcontract to accelerate tuberculosis vaccine development

NIH awards $30 million to accelerate progress in TB vaccine development

NIH awards $30 million to accelerate progress in TB vaccine development

Explosion at biofacility in Russia raises concerns over safety: Should we be worried?

Explosion at biofacility in Russia raises concerns over safety: Should we be worried?

How measles detectives work to contain an outbreak

How measles detectives work to contain an outbreak

Monkey-infecting virus shows promise as potential component of future HIV vaccine

Monkey-infecting virus shows promise as potential component of future HIV vaccine

UGA researchers create statistical method to better predict disease reemergence

UGA researchers create statistical method to better predict disease reemergence

New study provides overview of potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women

New study provides overview of potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women

Lab instruments may leak valuable information, finds study

Lab instruments may leak valuable information, finds study

Study shows an unusual mechanism could have thwart the invasion of human genome by junk DNA

Study shows an unusual mechanism could have thwart the invasion of human genome by junk DNA