And I certainly hope the geopolitical catastrophe of a single case of smallpox is something nobody ever lives to witness.
Without the mass action, he declared, “there very likely would have been thousands of cases [of smallpox] and hundreds of deaths.”
That's how we got rid of smallpox, and despite setbacks, we're on track to eventually eradicate polio the same way.
The only places the smallpox virus are known to exist today are storage facilities at the CDC and in Russia.
Polio is a harder disease than smallpox was but it is doable.
Since vaccination had become general, smallpox cases had fallen by at least one-half.
Colonel Clarke, who was suffering from the results of smallpox, was too feeble to lead them.
Then she cried that she had got the smallpox—her back ached, her eyes ached—she must have the doctor.
Perhaps no disease answers all these conditions so well as smallpox.
If this law were faithfully carried out, smallpox would entirely disappear from the state within a few years.
smallpox small·pox (smôl'pŏks')
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. Also called variola.
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.
Note: A surface with many blemishes is sometimes said to be “pockmarked” because it resembles the skin of a smallpox sufferer.
Note: Smallpox is the first disease of humans to be completely eradicated by a worldwide campaign of inoculation.
Note: Today, the smallpox virus exists only in laboratories.
Note: The use of smallpox is a major concern in the area of bioterrorism.