The discovery of vials of "variola," commonly known as smallpox, in a storage room at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, has raised new concerns that the virus could be used in a bioterrorism attack.
For a disease that was eradicated in 1980, smallpox attracts a lot of time, talk and resources. As of May 8, 1980, the only known presence of the virus was in U.S. and Russian government labs. But consistent rumors of renegade stocks or re-engineered viruses have kept defense experts alert.
A man vaccinated against smallpox passed on a milder form of the disease to a sexual partner, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Denmark's Bavarian Nordic may discover the dangers of putting all its eggs in one basket if the U.S. government does not order a smallpox vaccine by January.
The U.S. government will now allow individuals with HIV to receive an attenuated smallpox vaccine during an emergency, according to a release.
In a 27-7 vote, the World Health Organization has delayed its decision on the fate of smallpox virus stockpiles in the U.S. and Russia until 2014, leading some experts to believe the group sees the
Smallpox is one of the few diseases against which humans have actually declared total victory. That happened in 1980, and it took roughly 10,000 years--give or take--to win that war. So, why on earth
Researchers have found that combination vaccines that protect against multiple maladies work better than vaccines for individual infections, including anthrax vaccines stockpiled by the U.S.
When Congress created Project BioShield four years ago, lawmakers believed that offering developers contracts guaranteeing the acquisition of new vaccines and drugs would spur the biotech industry to
Four years after creating Project Bioshield, the U.S. has received the program's first successful vaccine. Bavarian Nordic has delivered one million doses of its smallpox vaccine Imvamune to the U.S.