variola major virus


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Noun1.variola major virus - a type of smallpox virus that has a fatality rate of up to 25 percent
smallpox virus, variola virus - the virus that causes smallpox in humans; can be used as a bioweapon
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These 2 viruses had lower genetic identity with ECTV than that observed with reference ECTVs and between variola minor virus and variola major virus. Therefore, these ECTV-like poxviruses likely represent a novel OPXV species.
Caused by the variola major virus, smallpox inflicted great pain on victims, beginning with fever, nausea and other flu-like symptoms before leading to lesions on the face and body.
Most strains, for most of history, were associated with much higher case-fatality rates (5%-15%, and more commonly about 25%); these strains are designated variola major virus. (18)
Analysis of the complete genome of smallpox variola major virus strain Bangladesh-1975.
Orthopox viruses are antigenetically closely related vertebrate viruses, including variola major virus (VAR), (1) monkeypox virus (MPV), camelpox virus (CML), vaccinia virus (VAC), cowpox virus (CPV), and six other species not pathogenic for humans.