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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.
Conspiracy theories aside, here’s what contact tracers really do

Conspiracy theories aside, here’s what contact tracers really do

Coronavirus study shows herd immunity is infeasible

Coronavirus study shows herd immunity is infeasible

Research suggests protective effect of influenza vaccine against COVID-19 severity and mortality

Research suggests protective effect of influenza vaccine against COVID-19 severity and mortality

Integration of diverse set of species and environments can enhance biomedical research cycle

Integration of diverse set of species and environments can enhance biomedical research cycle

Modified Vaccinia Ankara-based vaccine candidate for SARS-CoV-2

Modified Vaccinia Ankara-based vaccine candidate for SARS-CoV-2

Acknowledging human right to health could galvanize people, organizations to make real change

Acknowledging human right to health could galvanize people, organizations to make real change

Experts highlight triumph over polio and hope to do the same for COVID-19

Experts highlight triumph over polio and hope to do the same for COVID-19

New study investigates the effect of asymptomatic COVID-19 transmission

New study investigates the effect of asymptomatic COVID-19 transmission

Scientists launch clinical trial to test the efficacy of HIV drug against COVID-19 infection

Scientists launch clinical trial to test the efficacy of HIV drug against COVID-19 infection

Study could help inform long-term public health response to COVID-19 pandemic

Study could help inform long-term public health response to COVID-19 pandemic

A first-in-human trial with promising MERS coronavirus vaccine

A first-in-human trial with promising MERS coronavirus vaccine

Massachusetts recruits 1,000 ‘contact tracers’ to battle COVID-19

Massachusetts recruits 1,000 ‘contact tracers’ to battle COVID-19

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