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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.
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

Researchers attempt to create world's first genetically edited babies

Researchers attempt to create world's first genetically edited babies

New resource outlines neurologic effects and treatment options for biologic, chemical attacks

New resource outlines neurologic effects and treatment options for biologic, chemical attacks

NIAID releases strategic plan to expand knowledge of TB by using modern tools

NIAID releases strategic plan to expand knowledge of TB by using modern tools

Third case of monkey pox confirmed in UK

Third case of monkey pox confirmed in UK

Second case of Monkeypox infection identified in UK

Second case of Monkeypox infection identified in UK

Spanish Flu viruses induce changes in master cellular regulator, shows research

Spanish Flu viruses induce changes in master cellular regulator, shows research

New model for eradicating peste des petits ruminants

New model for eradicating peste des petits ruminants

FDA seeks order of permanent injunction to stop two stem cell clinics from marketing stem cell products

FDA seeks order of permanent injunction to stop two stem cell clinics from marketing stem cell products

Researchers get one step closer to creating peptide vaccine against atherosclerosis

Researchers get one step closer to creating peptide vaccine against atherosclerosis

Phase I clinical trial of HIV vaccines to begin in the U.S.

Phase I clinical trial of HIV vaccines to begin in the U.S.

Targeted vaccination can be successful in containing epidemic outbreaks

Targeted vaccination can be successful in containing epidemic outbreaks

Oncolytic virus alerts the immune system to attack tumors

Oncolytic virus alerts the immune system to attack tumors

Research shows new method for rapidly producing antimalarial drug at industrial scale

Research shows new method for rapidly producing antimalarial drug at industrial scale

Molecular map shows novel way to stop dangerous bioweapon

Molecular map shows novel way to stop dangerous bioweapon