Smallpox: Gone but not forgotten

@article{Ellner1998SmallpoxGB,
  title={Smallpox: Gone but not forgotten},
  author={Paul D. Ellner},
  journal={Infection},
  year={1998},
  volume={26},
  pages={263-269}
}
  • P. Ellner
  • Published 1 September 1998
  • Medicine
  • Infection
SummarySmallpox represents both the acme of man’s efforts to combat infectious diseases and one of his greatest fears. The disease emerged in prehistoric times to spread throughout the world causing blindness and death in millions of people. An acute infection caused by variola virus, one of the Orthopoxviruses, with skin eruption and marked toxemia had an average case fatality rate of 30%. Variola minor, a milder form of the disease, had a case fatality of one percent. Humans are the sole host… 
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