- an acute, highly contagious, febrile disease, caused by the variola virus, and characterized by a pustular eruption that often leaves permanent pits or scars: eradicated worldwide by vaccination programs.
Origin of smallpox
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In many places, it was custom to place huts outside the villages for smallpox victims.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
For example, vaccinia immune globulin, or VIG, is stored and ready for the next person who becomes ill from smallpox vaccine.Emory Will Wage High-Tech War on Ebola
August 1, 2014
In the 18th century, German immigrants coming to Pennsylvania boarded ships plagued with typhus, dysentery, smallpox, and scurvy.At Least Two ‘Border Kids’ Have Swine Flu
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July 2, 2014
Shoham adds without substantive evidence that “Syrian possession of the smallpox virus is likely.”
The only places the smallpox virus are known to exist today are storage facilities at the CDC and in Russia.
And I like her more than ever now, when she risked what she thought was smallpox to care for him.
John is worshiped pretty nigh, since his pluck with that smallpox man.
And smallpox, even now, is a disease the name of which strikes panic to a community.
Just say smallpox to this town and it goes to pieces like a smashed egg.
"Better her face should be pitted with smallpox than bring her to the pit of hell," said Csar.The Manxman
- an acute highly contagious viral disease characterized by high fever, severe prostration, and a pinkish rash changing in form from papules to pustules, which dry up and form scabs that are cast off, leaving pitted depressionsTechnical name: variola Related adjective: variolous
C16: from small + pox . So called to distinguish it from the Great Pox, an archaic name for syphilis
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Word Origin and History for smallpox
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- An acute, highly infectious, often fatal disease caused by a poxvirus and characterized by high fever and aches with subsequent widespread eruption of papules that blister, produce pus, and form scabs that leave permanent pockmarks.variola
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- A highly infectious and often fatal disease caused by the variola virus of the genus Orthopoxvirus and characterized by fever, headache, and severely inflamed skin sores that result in extensive scarring. Once a dreaded killer of children that caused the deaths of millions of Native Americans after the arrival of European settlers in the Americas, smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980 following a worldwide vaccination campaign. Samples of the virus have been preserved in laboratories in the United States and Russia. Also called variola See Note at Jenner.
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A surface with many blemishes is sometimes said to be “pockmarked” because it resembles the skin of a smallpox sufferer.
Smallpox is the first disease of humans to be completely eradicated by a worldwide campaign of inoculation.
Today, the smallpox virus exists only in laboratories.
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