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Further delay before the end of smallpox virus?

Should we wait longer before destroying the last remaining stock of smallpox virus? Continue reading

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Outbreaks of human monkeypox after cessation of smallpox vaccination

At the 64th gathering of the World Health Assembly in May 2011, a majority of delegates reaffirmed the view that the remaining stocks of variola virus, the causative agent of smallpox, should be destroyed. But consideration of precisely when that … Continue reading

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Chasing Jenner's Vaccine

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

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This is either a very good idea or a very bad idea – you decide

It seems like only yesterday we were on the verge of international agreement to destroy all remaing laboratory stocks of smallpox (variola) virus. So it comes as something of a surprise to find people infecting monkeys with smallpox to study the pathogenesis of the disease. Continue reading

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The Edward Jenner Museum

I visited the Edward Jenner Museum several years ago and was impressed. If you ever have the chance – go there. Continue reading

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Should Remaining Stockpiles of Smallpox Virus Be Destroyed?

In 2011 the World Health Organization WHO plans to announce its recommendation regarding the final destruction of all known remaining smallpox virus stockpiles. Smallpox, an ancient human scourge of unparalleled destructive importance throughout most of recorded human history. Continue reading

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Smallpox virus: crunch time for the fate of a global killer

“Twenty miles south-east of Novosibirsk, in Siberia, several dozen concrete buildings have been erected outside the town of Koltsovo. The settlement is ringed with triple rows of barbed wire fences. Video cameras and motion sensors monitor any activity near the … Continue reading

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Killing a Killer: What Next for Smallpox?

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

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Smallpox came from Africa

Human disease attributable to variola virus (VARV), the etiologic agent of smallpox, has been reported in human populations for more than 2,000 years. VARV is unique among orthopoxviruses in that it is an exclusively human pathogen. Because it has a … Continue reading

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