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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.
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

Finding solutions to protect U.S. troops against invisible killers

Finding solutions to protect U.S. troops against invisible killers

Researchers develop new approach for HIV vaccine development

Researchers develop new approach for HIV vaccine development

Chimerix receives FDA Fast Track designation for CMX001 to prevent CMV infection

Chimerix receives FDA Fast Track designation for CMX001 to prevent CMV infection

Inviragen to initiate second stage of DENVax Phase 2 study in dengue

Inviragen to initiate second stage of DENVax Phase 2 study in dengue

Polio eradication strategy must be adjusted for local contexts

Polio eradication strategy must be adjusted for local contexts

Washington University creates new type of air-cleaning technology

Washington University creates new type of air-cleaning technology

Working toward polio eradication in 2018

Working toward polio eradication in 2018

Disease eradication efforts set sights on polio, Guinea worm

Disease eradication efforts set sights on polio, Guinea worm

Viewpoints: 'Empty budget gestures'; GOP should endorse 'doomsday' sequester; 'Imagined dangers' imperil vaccine successes

Viewpoints: 'Empty budget gestures'; GOP should endorse 'doomsday' sequester; 'Imagined dangers' imperil vaccine successes

NEJM examines global disease eradication efforts

NEJM examines global disease eradication efforts

West African human population genomes provide important clues about evolution of HIV

West African human population genomes provide important clues about evolution of HIV

Australian scientists receive grants for research on cancer, malaria and rheumatoid arthritis

Australian scientists receive grants for research on cancer, malaria and rheumatoid arthritis