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They have already done it with horsepox, which is not very different from variola virus.
In Smallpox and its Eradication the authors compared the 1 per cent fatality rate for Variola minor with that of Variola major stating that: Different strains of variola virus differed in their virulence ...
Two known stocks of variola virus exist: one at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and the other in the former USSR.
Shuttleton has unfolded a fascinating and neglected story of the literary legacy of variola virus. Importantly he has devoted at least an entire chapter to the disfigured man, who tends to be overlooked.
Issues addressed at this WHA included strengthening pandemic influenza preparedness and response; infant and young child nutrition; HIV/AIDS; polio eradication; sickle-cell anaemia; smallpox eradication and the destruction of variola virus stocks; prevention of avoidable blindness; international trade and health; tobacco control; and intellectual property rights.
Unlike vaccination, which utilised the cowpox virus, inoculation involved the deliberate infection of a susceptible individual with Variola virus, usually through an incision on the hand.
A: Smallpox is a contagious and often-fatal disease caused by the variola virus, a particle so tiny that roughly 1,000 linked together span the width of a human hair.
He delves chronologically into the WHO eradication program, into the details of the current controversy over whether or not the variola virus should be completely destroyed, and he describes how the world could go about protecting itself from a smallpox release.
Smallpox is caused by the variola virus, which is classified within the orthopoxvirus genus along with cowpox, vaccinia, and monkeypox.
It is caused by the variola virus and comes in two strains: the less severe variola minor and the more deadly variola major
Variola virus is the etiological agent of smallpox infection.
11 attacks, the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) last week voted against a 2002 deadline for destruction of the variola virus responsible for smallpox.