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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.
Gates Foundation awards US$156 million to support PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative

Gates Foundation awards US$156 million to support PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative

Viewpoints: 'Blunders' on Ebola; McConnell's strange logic on Obamacare; temporary victory for Texas women

Viewpoints: 'Blunders' on Ebola; McConnell's strange logic on Obamacare; temporary victory for Texas women

SLU researchers work to prevent several serious infectious diseases

SLU researchers work to prevent several serious infectious diseases

Viewpoints: Medicare's future finances; 'promising deal' on VA; Texas 'war on abortion'

Viewpoints: Medicare's future finances; 'promising deal' on VA; Texas 'war on abortion'

WIRB-Copernicus Group acquires Alliance Biosciences

WIRB-Copernicus Group acquires Alliance Biosciences

Viewpoints: 'Entitlement meltdown;' improving Medicare Advantage; 'sloppy work habits' at CDC

Viewpoints: 'Entitlement meltdown;' improving Medicare Advantage; 'sloppy work habits' at CDC

Viewpoints: Problems in training docs; impact of HHS' territory decision; what Halbig decision might mean

Viewpoints: Problems in training docs; impact of HHS' territory decision; what Halbig decision might mean

Viruses designed to kill cancer cells could boost effectiveness of chemotherapy to arms, legs

Viruses designed to kill cancer cells could boost effectiveness of chemotherapy to arms, legs

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