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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.
New computer program helps health departments halt outbreaks

New computer program helps health departments halt outbreaks

$10.3 million biodefense contract to tackle salmonella, typhoid fever and monkey pox virus

$10.3 million biodefense contract to tackle salmonella, typhoid fever and monkey pox virus

50 year old frozen smallpox vaccines are nearly 100 percent effective

50 year old frozen smallpox vaccines are nearly 100 percent effective

Researchers make discoveries on West Nile virus, monkeypox, and yellow fever

Researchers make discoveries on West Nile virus, monkeypox, and yellow fever

Compulsory vaccination against terrorist attack is unjustified

Compulsory vaccination against terrorist attack is unjustified

Special talk by scientist who was instrumental in the eradication of smallpox

Special talk by scientist who was instrumental in the eradication of smallpox

Gravity model applicable to disease spread

Gravity model applicable to disease spread

New book predicts a "vaccine century"

New book predicts a "vaccine century"

Research team developing new defenses against plague and smallpox

Research team developing new defenses against plague and smallpox

Bill Cosby sets the record straight on African American teen pregnancy

Bill Cosby sets the record straight on African American teen pregnancy

Emerging infectious diseases will continue to confront society in unpredictable ways as long as humans and microbes co-exist

Emerging infectious diseases will continue to confront society in unpredictable ways as long as humans and microbes co-exist

Nigeria resuming polio immunization

Nigeria resuming polio immunization

Discovery could pave the way to smallpox Immunity

Discovery could pave the way to smallpox Immunity

Breakthrough could help protect against the use of smallpox by terrorists

Breakthrough could help protect against the use of smallpox by terrorists

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

Myth of disease threat posed by dead bodies after natural disasters unfounded

Myth of disease threat posed by dead bodies after natural disasters unfounded

Double-punch approach to vaccine design more effective

Double-punch approach to vaccine design more effective

Research tests the efficacy of a smallpox vaccine candidate known as LC16m8

Research tests the efficacy of a smallpox vaccine candidate known as LC16m8

$3.5 million grant to develop AIDS vaccinations

$3.5 million grant to develop AIDS vaccinations

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases