Smallpox

Common Name(s)

Smallpox

Smallpox was an infectious disease caused by the variola viruses. The virus was present in the small blood vessels of the skin, mouth, and throat. Variola major caused a more aggressive disease while variola minor's smallpox was less dangerous. Smallpox produced a rash and then raised fluid-filled blisters on the skin as the disease progressed. The mortality rate for variola major was approximately 30-60% in all people, and 80% in children. Variola minor only caused deaths in 1% of its hosts. The World Health Organization officially eradicated smallpox in 1977 after a massive vaccine campaign. This means that the variola virus is no longer present in the world. Smallpox is one of only two diseases to be completely eradicated.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Smallpox" returned 557 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Clinical guidance for smallpox vaccine use in a postevent vaccination program.
 

Author(s): Brett W Petersen, Inger K Damon, Carol A Pertowski, Dana Meaney-Delman, Julie T Guarnizo, Richard H Beigi, Kathryn M Edwards, Margaret C Fisher, Sharon E Frey, Ruth Lynfield, Rodney E Willoughby

Journal: MMWR Recomm Rep. 2015 Feb;64(RR-02):1-26.

 

This report outlines recommendations for the clinical use of the three smallpox vaccines stored in the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile for persons who are exposed to smallpox virus or at high risk for smallpox infection during a postevent vaccination program following an intentional ...

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2015

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Are we there yet? The smallpox research agenda using variola virus.
 

Author(s): Inger K Damon, Clarissa R Damaso, Grant McFadden

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Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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Human antibody responses to the polyclonal Dryvax vaccine for smallpox prevention can be distinguished from responses to the monoclonal replacement vaccine ACAM2000.
 

Author(s): Christine Pugh, Sarah Keasey, Lawrence Korman, Phillip R Pittman, Robert G Ulrich

Journal: Clin. Vaccine Immunol.. 2014 Jun;21(6):877-85.

 

Dryvax (Wyeth Laboratories, Inc., Marietta, PA) is representative of the vaccinia virus preparations that were previously used for preventing smallpox. While Dryvax was highly effective, the national supply stocks were depleted, and there were manufacturing concerns regarding sterility ...

Last Updated: 28 May 2014

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The terms "Smallpox" returned 47 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The rediscovery of smallpox.
 

Author(s): C Thèves, P Biagini, E Crubézy

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Infect.. 2014 Mar;20(3):210-8.

 

Smallpox is an infectious disease that is unique to humans, caused by a poxvirus. It is one of the most lethal of diseases; the virus variant Variola major has a mortality rate of 30%. People surviving this disease have life-long consequences, but also assured immunity. Historically, ...

Last Updated: 13 Feb 2014

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Smallpox: can we still learn from the journey to eradication?
 

Author(s): Kendall A Smith

Journal: Indian J. Med. Res.. 2013 May;137(5):895-9.

 

One of the most celebrated achievements of immunology and modern medicine is the eradication of the dreaded plague smallpox. From the introduction of smallpox vaccination by Edward Jenner, to its popularization by Louis Pasteur, to the eradication effort led by Donald Henderson, this ...

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2013

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What was the primary mode of smallpox transmission? Implications for biodefense.
 

Author(s): Donald K Milton

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The mode of infection transmission has profound implications for effective containment by public health interventions. The mode of smallpox transmission was never conclusively established. Although, "respiratory droplet" transmission was generally regarded as the primary mode of transmission, ...

Last Updated: 11 Dec 2012

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Safety Surveillance Study of ACAM2000® Vaccinia Vaccine
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Smallpox

 

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2014

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Determining Prevalence of Acute Bilirubin Encephalopathy in Developing Countries
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Demonstrate BIND II Score of >=5, is Valid for Detecting Moderate to Severe ABE in Neonates <14 Days Old.; Demonstrate Community-BIND Instrument, a Modified BIND II, is a Valid and Reliable Tool for Detecting ABE.; Demonstrate That Community-BIND Can be Used for Acquiring Population-based Prevalence of ABE in the Community.

 

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2014

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