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Smallpox: eradicated, but a growing terror threat
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Virology.
2002 (English)In: Clinical Microbiology and Infection, ISSN 1198-743X, E-ISSN 1469-0691, Vol. 8, no 8, 504-509 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Smallpox is a disease that followed humanity for thousands of years up until 30 years ago. It was possible to eradicate, because an effective live vaccine from crossreacting vaccinia could be developed. Twenty years have 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. 8, no 8, 504-509 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42053DOI: 10.1046/j.1469-0691.2002.00525.xPubMedID: 12197872OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-42053DiVA: diva2:408458
Available from: 2011-04-05 Created: 2011-04-05 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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