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[Smallpox: eradicated disease and a potential terrorist weapon]
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Virology.
2002 (Swedish)In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, Vol. 99, no 19, 2145-2149 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

Smallpox is a disease that followed humanity for thousands of years up until thirty years ago. It was possible to eradicate, since an effective live vaccine from crossreacting vaccinia could be developed. Twenty years passed since vaccinations stopped and very few people are protected against the disease today. Variola today has become an object of discussion due to the possibility that it can be used as a bioweapon. Due to the number of complications that can be expected a general vaccination is probably not possible. Research is ongoing to develop new vaccines. Many countries are improving their capabilities to respond to a renewed threat of a smallpox epidemic.

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2002. Vol. 99, no 19, 2145-2149 p.
Keyword [en]
Biologisk krigföring, Bioterrorism, Smittskydd, Smittkoppsvaccin, Medicinhistoria
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42056PubMedID: 12082927OAI: diva2:408455
Available from: 2011-04-05 Created: 2011-04-05 Last updated: 2011-04-05Bibliographically approved

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