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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpox

Smallpox was an infectious disease caused by one of two virus variants, Variola major or Variola minor. The last naturally occurring case of smallpox (Variola minor) was diagnosed on 26 October 1977. Infection with smallpox is focused in small blood vessels of the skin and in the mouth and throat before disseminating.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpox_virus_retention_controversy

It centers on whether to finally and irreversibly destroy the two last remnants of the virus that causes smallpox, which reside in government laboratories in the United States and Russia. Advocates of final destruction maintain that there is no longer any valid rationale for retaining the samples, which represent a hazard, while ...

blogs.nature.com/news/2014/05/who-postpones-decision-on-destruction-of-smallpox-stocks-again.html

May 28, 2014 ... It was last discussed at the 2011 assembly, which reaffirmed that the stocks of the variola virus should be destroyed but deferred to this year's meeting discussion on any date of destruction. A central question remains whether research of public -health importance is still needed on the virus, or whether the ...

www.who.int/biologicals/vaccines/smallpox/en

Jan 13, 2014 ... In the interest of global security, these stocks were to be destroyed by the end of the twentieth century. However, due to continued interest in research and development involving variola virus, the destruction of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus has been postponed by the World Health Assembly.

apps.who.int/gb/archive/pdf_files/WHA52/ew5.pdf

Apr 15, 1999 ... of the Global Commission for the Certification of Smallpox Eradication and endorsed by the Health Assembly in resolution WHA33.4. Progress was reviewed year by year from 1981 to 1984 by the WHO Committee on. Orthopoxvirus Infections. In 1986 this Committee reviewed the implementation of the 19 ...

www.nytimes.com/1993/12/25/us/smallpox-virus-frozen-in-2-labs-escapes-a-scalding-end-for-now.html

Dec 25, 1993 ... Health officials in the United States and Russia, who hold the last known stocks of the smallpox virus, had planned to destroy them simultaneously by New Year's Eve. The recommendation was announced by the World Health Organization three years ago with the agreement of both countries. But both ...

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3377425

At the 60th Annual World Health Assembly in 2007, the organization postponed the final decision for any recommended destruction deadline until their next meeting in 2011. Figure 1. One-year-old child on day 10 of a smallpox infection; his face is covered with painful lesions that are beginning to scab. Photograph courtesy ...

www.foxnews.com/health/2014/05/02/scientists-debate-whether-remaining-smallpox-virus-should-be-destroyed.html

May 2, 2014 ... And now, experts at WHO must make a crucial decision later this month: Destroy the virus completely – or keep these remaining vials in stock. ... But the organization never decided when that day would be, and for the past 30 years, WHO has repeatedly postponed taking this step. Many health experts ...

www.newscientist.com/article/mg22229694-800-lets-finally-condemn-the-smallpox-virus-to-extinction

May 14, 2014 ... There is no longer any good reason to preserve lab samples of smallpox virus, an organism responsible for mass death and destruction, says Gareth Williams. ... Over the last 30 years, the stocks of virus have contributed little to scientific understanding, other than confirming that new drugs aimed at other ...