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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.
Research examines possibility of monkeypox transmission in domestic settings

Research examines possibility of monkeypox transmission in domestic settings

What you need to know about monkeypox

What you need to know about monkeypox

Should monkeypox be considered a sexual transmitted infection?

Should monkeypox be considered a sexual transmitted infection?

Scientists assess potential of monkeypox transmission at mass gatherings

Scientists assess potential of monkeypox transmission at mass gatherings

Review and case study illustrates the challenges of monkeypox

Review and case study illustrates the challenges of monkeypox

Researchers determine public attitudes towards monkeypox infections

Researchers determine public attitudes towards monkeypox infections

Addressing parents' hesitancy to vaccinate their children against COVID

Addressing parents' hesitancy to vaccinate their children against COVID

Focus on good surveillance and control measures can help Africa to curb monkeypox

Focus on good surveillance and control measures can help Africa to curb monkeypox

Researchers assess monkeypox clinical management guidelines worldwide

Researchers assess monkeypox clinical management guidelines worldwide

Combating monkeypox during COVID-19

Combating monkeypox during COVID-19

The implications of monkeypox for healthcare workers

The implications of monkeypox for healthcare workers

Genomic analysis of the 2022 monkeypox outbreak

Genomic analysis of the 2022 monkeypox outbreak

Animal study suggests intranasal COVID vaccine delivery more efficient than intramuscular

Animal study suggests intranasal COVID vaccine delivery more efficient than intramuscular

Epidemiology and the public health response of monkeypox

Epidemiology and the public health response of monkeypox

Presence of monkeypox viruses in distantly associated small mammal species

Presence of monkeypox viruses in distantly associated small mammal species

Phylogenomic characterization of the first genome sequences of the monkeypox virus outbreak variant

Phylogenomic characterization of the first genome sequences of the monkeypox virus outbreak variant

Study highlights clinical features and treatment approaches for human monkeypox in the UK

Study highlights clinical features and treatment approaches for human monkeypox in the UK

FIND to present an overview of disease surveillance status and diagnostics to combat monkeypox

FIND to present an overview of disease surveillance status and diagnostics to combat monkeypox

We need to prepare for Monkeypox - now confirmed in 21 countries

We need to prepare for Monkeypox - now confirmed in 21 countries

Study reports on the first instances of in-hospital, household transmission of monkeypox

Study reports on the first instances of in-hospital, household transmission of monkeypox