variola minor

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Related to variola minor: smallpox virus, variola major, Variola vera
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Noun1.variola minor - a mild form of smallpox caused by a less virulent form of the virusvariola minor - 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
2.variola minor - a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of about 1 percent
smallpox virus, variola virus - the virus that causes smallpox in humans; can be used as a bioweapon
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Aside from its great size and the fact that it bordered on every state in the region, in the middle of the 1960s it was the only country with endemic smallpox, for the most part variola minor.
Variola major caused a serious disease that killed between 10 percent and 30 percent of its victims, whereas variola minor gave rise to a much milder illness called alastrim, with a case mortality rate of less than 1 percent.
A comparable study from Leiden in 1968 used variola minor scabs collected and stored in 12 unsealed envelopes kept at room temperature.