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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.
Clinical trial to evaluate antiviral drug for monkeypox begins in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Clinical trial to evaluate antiviral drug for monkeypox begins in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The role of wastewater surveillance for monitoring monkeypox

The role of wastewater surveillance for monitoring monkeypox

What is the impact of monkeypox infection on the hemostatic system?

What is the impact of monkeypox infection on the hemostatic system?

Myocarditis may be attributable to monkeypox infection

Myocarditis may be attributable to monkeypox infection

Study finds the majority of post-vaccination monkeypox infections occur within 2 weeks of receiving the first dose of MVA-BN

Study finds the majority of post-vaccination monkeypox infections occur within 2 weeks of receiving the first dose of MVA-BN

French study reports growing evidence of sexual activity-linked transmission of monkeypox

French study reports growing evidence of sexual activity-linked transmission of monkeypox

The management of monkeypox during pregnancy

The management of monkeypox during pregnancy

How effective are live-attenuated SARS-CoV-2 vaccines?

How effective are live-attenuated SARS-CoV-2 vaccines?

Study compares monkeypox PCR testing protocols and efficiency at two U.S. reference labs

Study compares monkeypox PCR testing protocols and efficiency at two U.S. reference labs

How smallpox and monkeypox viruses affect the nervous system

How smallpox and monkeypox viruses affect the nervous system

An unusual case of Monkeypox virus transmission by needlestick injury

An unusual case of Monkeypox virus transmission by needlestick injury

Virology of the human monkeypox virus

Virology of the human monkeypox virus

The potential global risk of monkeypox importation

The potential global risk of monkeypox importation

Evidence A.2 lineage of monkeypox is mutating

Evidence A.2 lineage of monkeypox is mutating

Recommendations for the treatment, prevention of monkeypox in nursing mothers

Recommendations for the treatment, prevention of monkeypox in nursing mothers

Monkeypox infection in a smallpox-vaccinated patient

Monkeypox infection in a smallpox-vaccinated patient

Vaccines used to prevent monkeypox

Vaccines used to prevent monkeypox

UCLA announces participation in a phase 3 trial evaluating tecovirimat for the treatment of monkeypox

UCLA announces participation in a phase 3 trial evaluating tecovirimat for the treatment of monkeypox

UW Medicine researchers seek participants for Phase 3 clinical trial of a drug to treat monkeypox

UW Medicine researchers seek participants for Phase 3 clinical trial of a drug to treat monkeypox

Survey highlights increase in the public's knowledge about monkeypox

Survey highlights increase in the public's knowledge about monkeypox

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