smallpox virus


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Related to smallpox virus: smallpox vaccine, influenza virus, Cowpox virus, measles virus
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Noun1.smallpox virus - the virus that causes smallpox in humans; can be used as a bioweapon
poxvirus - any of a group of viruses that can cause pox diseases in vertebrates
variola major virus, variola major - a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent
variola minor virus, variola minor - a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of about 1 percent
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Despite concern about the existence of live smallpox virus housed in government research laboratories in the United States and the Soviet Union (later Russia), not until 2002 did the US government declare the resurgence of smallpox a credible biothreat (7).
Since, WHO has made it impossible for anybody to get hold of Smallpox virus by concentrating all residual samples in two high security laboratories after complete eradication of the disease, who knows Ebola might just be a replacement?
scientists cleaning out a storage room at a National Institutes of Health research lab found vials of live smallpox virus, where they had apparently been lying forgotten for decades.
That is, patients were deliberately infected with a small amount of the smallpox virus in order to encourage resistance.
Set in the world of international espionage the hero, a former US intelligence operative, has just days to save the world as he trails a terrorist determined to destroy America by unleashing the smallpox virus.
As e orts continue, we could see a day in the near future when the polio virus is sitting in a vial next to the smallpox virus in a secure area at CDC.
The first disease to be eradicated was the smallpox virus.
government's long-stated strategy of having two smallpox antiviral drugs for protecting the public against the intentional or unintentional release of the smallpox virus.
1979: The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
The team studied white blood cells from 10 people immunised by smallpox virus and compared it with those extracted from another 10 people not immunised.
A prostate cancer vaccine that uses relatives of smallpox virus helped patients with advanced and otherwise untreatable cancer live longer, US researchers reported.
Some bioterrorism agents, like the smallpox virus, can be spread from person to person and some, like anthrax, cannot.