alastrim


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alastrim

(əˈlæstrɪm)
n
a form of smallpox caused by the virus Variola minor
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Noun1.alastrim - a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virusalastrim - a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virus
smallpox, variola, variola major - a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars
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Another problem with the results published by the World Health Organization was that, 'unfortunately, except for ceiling temperature [the highest temperature at which the virus remains infective] tests with alastrim virus, there was no laboratory test of which the results were invariably correlated with virulence for man'.
Downie and Dumbell (1947) recovered variola major virus from crusts stored at room temperature, in the dark or in daylight, for up to 1 year; Wolff and Croon (1968) recorded the persistence of viable alastrim (variola minor) virus in scabs kept in envelopes in a laboratory cupboard for over 13 years.
However, if only 1 specific base is present (as in the Alastrim variola strain, Garcia), then both probes are able to hybridize the DNA template.