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Cowpox virus (CPXV) is one of the earliest described members of the genus Orthopoxvirus (OPV). Historically, researchers referred to the ailment known as cowpox and even suggested that it could provide immunity against smallpox. It was Edward Jenner’s publications in … Continue reading
Since ancient times, Yersinia pestis has wreaked havoc on the human population. What can the transmission and evolution of this unusual pathogen teach us about how we might prepare for future emergent pathogens? Continue reading
Since the beginning of mankind, human beings have strived to pass on their thoughts and knowledge to other people and to future generations. In this respect, the cultural role played by paper has been immense: paper is used for drawings, … Continue reading
Several historical epidemic waves of plague have been attributed to Yersinia pestis, the etiologic agent of modern plague. The most famous of these was the second pandemic which was active in Europe from AD 1347 until 1750, and began with … Continue reading
Measles is a common infection in children and is spread by the respiratory route, but where did the virus come from? The disease is characterized by a prodromal (initial) illness of fever, coryza, cough, and conjunctivitis followed by appearance of … Continue reading
Should we destroy the remaining laboratory stocks of smallpox virus? Now that the 20th century has passed into the domain of history books, we can retrospectively begin to assess the relative contributions that the many advances in the realm of … Continue reading
In 1518, one of the strangest epidemics in recorded history struck the city of Strasbourg. Hundreds of people were seized by an irresistible urge to dance, hop and leap into the air. In houses, halls and public spaces, as fear … Continue reading