Smallpox

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Smallpox is a highly infectious disease, which, in 1980, was declared eradicated by the World Health Organization as a result of successful vaccination campaigns. Because of its highly infectious nature and historical 30% mortality rate, the disease has possibly been developed as a biological weapon. Variola, the virus that causes smallpox, is readily transmissible from person to person during the incubation period, before infected individuals show signs of illness. When a victim develops the characteristic rash and viral syndrome associated with smallpox infection, the disease requires complex isolation and possibly quarantine. Diagnosis can be confirmed in a high-containment laboratory. The only effective treatment for smallpox is rapid administration of smallpox vaccine. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Authors

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 21719000
  • Author List

  • Nafziger SD
  • Start Page

  • 739
  • End Page

  • 746
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 4