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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.
First Edition: July, 21, 2014

First Edition: July, 21, 2014

First Edition: July 18, 2014

First Edition: July 18, 2014

Researcher reveals the secrets of Francisella tularensis bacterium that causes tularemia

Researcher reveals the secrets of Francisella tularensis bacterium that causes tularemia

Scientists discover potential cure for triple negative breast cancer

Scientists discover potential cure for triple negative breast cancer

WSU researchers discover how Nipah virus employs burglary-ring-like teamwork to infiltrate human cell

WSU researchers discover how Nipah virus employs burglary-ring-like teamwork to infiltrate human cell

Emergent BioSolutions enters into definitive agreement to acquire Cangene

Emergent BioSolutions enters into definitive agreement to acquire Cangene

Edison Investment Research's report examines long-term investment case for Bavarian Nordic

Edison Investment Research's report examines long-term investment case for Bavarian Nordic

Measles still poses threat to domestic and global health security

Measles still poses threat to domestic and global health security

Patients treated by ID physicians less likely to die in hospital

Patients treated by ID physicians less likely to die in hospital

Group Health helps protect public from infectious diseases through nationwide network

Group Health helps protect public from infectious diseases through nationwide network

Viewpoints: GOP should focus on fixing health law; bishops refuse to accept victory

Viewpoints: GOP should focus on fixing health law; bishops refuse to accept victory

Experts report new outbreaks and increased spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease

Experts report new outbreaks and increased spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease

Bill Gates seeks additional $1.5B in donations for polio eradication efforts

Bill Gates seeks additional $1.5B in donations for polio eradication efforts

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to host 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to host 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

Pneumococcal vaccine: an interview with Graham Clarke, CEO ImmBio

Pneumococcal vaccine: an interview with Graham Clarke, CEO ImmBio

Experts launch new strategy to eradicate polio by 2018

Experts launch new strategy to eradicate polio by 2018

Researchers evaluate Pexa-Vec to slow progression of liver cancer

Researchers evaluate Pexa-Vec to slow progression of liver cancer

Clinical data of two Transgene products to be presented at EASL Conference

Clinical data of two Transgene products to be presented at EASL Conference