Smallpox and bioterrorism.

  title={Smallpox and bioterrorism.},
  author={Hugh Pennington},
  journal={Bulletin of the World Health Organization},
  volume={81 10},
  • H. Pennington
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine
  • Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Smallpox was declared to be eradicated on 8 May 1980, during the Thirty-third World Health Assembly. However, concerns about the possible use of the virus as a weapon of bioterrorism have increased in recent years. Governments have responded by initiating selective vaccination programmes and other public health measures. This review uses historical data from 20th century outbreaks to assess the risks to current populations (which have declining immunity) from a deliberate release of virus. The… 
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